Down from the Mountain: Skill Upgrading and Wages in Appalachia
AbstractDespite evidence that skilled labor is increasingly concentrated in cities, whether regional wage inequality is predominantly due to differences in skill levels or returns is unknown. We compare Appalachia, with its wide mix of urban and rural areas, to other parts of the U.S., and find that gaps in both skill levels and returns account for the lack of high wage male workers. For women, skill shortages are important across the distribution. Because rural wage gaps are insignificant, our results suggest that widening wage inequality between Appalachia and the rest of the U.S. owes to a shortage of skilled cities.
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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2011, 29 (4), 819-857
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- Christopher Bollinger & James P. Ziliak & Kenneth R. Troske, 2011. "Down from the Mountain: Skill Upgrading and Wages in Appalachia," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 29(4), pages 819 - 857.
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets
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