Labor market pooling and occupational agglomeration
AbstractThis paper examines the micro-foundations of occupational agglomeration in U.S. metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on labor market pooling. Controlling for a wide range of occupational attributes, including proxies for the use of specialized machinery and for the importance of knowledge spillovers, we find that jobs characterized by a unique knowledge base exhibit higher levels of geographic concentration than do occupations with generic knowledge requirements. Further, by analyzing co-agglomeration patterns, we find that occupations with similar knowledge requirements tend to co-agglomerate. Both results provide new evidence on the importance of labor market pooling as a determinant of occupational agglomeration.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Staff Reports with number 392.
Date of creation: 2009
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- NEP-ALL-2009-10-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2009-10-03 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-LAB-2009-10-03 (Labour Economics)
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- Leung, Ming D., 2012. "Job Categories and Geographic Identity: A Category Stereotype Explanation for Occupational Agglomeration," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt31b4c6p8, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
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