Labor Mobility, Knowledge Diffusion And Regional Growth
AbstractThis paper investigates the relationship between inter-firm labor mobility and regional productivity growth. Previous studies have shown that density is positively correlated with growth. I claim that it is not density in itself, but rather the attributes associated with it that drives economic growth. One such attribute is the increased possibility for labor mobility and knowledge diffusion that follows when firms and individuals locate in close proximity to each other. This hypothesis is tested using a matched employer-employee dataset where regional labor mobility is instrumented with density. The result shows that labor mobility increases regional growth rates.
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Labor mobility; regional growth; agglomeration economies;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
- R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
- R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
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- NEP-ALL-2010-01-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2010-01-30 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-FDG-2010-01-30 (Financial Development & Growth)
- NEP-GEO-2010-01-30 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-KNM-2010-01-30 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-LAB-2010-01-30 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2010-01-30 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-URE-2010-01-30 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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