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Is the growing skill premium a purely metropolitan issue?

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  • Chung, Chul
  • Clark, Jeremy
  • Kim, Bonggeun

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This paper documents that virtually all of the growth in the skilled wage premium over the 1980s in the United States was confined to metropolitan areas. Explanations for the growing skilled premium will therefore need to take location into account.

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  • Chung, Chul & Clark, Jeremy & Kim, Bonggeun, 2009. "Is the growing skill premium a purely metropolitan issue?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(2), pages 73-75, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:102:y:2009:i:2:p:73-75
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    1. 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, vol. 29(4), pages 819-857.
    2. MORIKAWA Masayuki, 2011. "Urban Density, Human Capital, and Productivity: An empirical analysis using wage data," Discussion papers 11060, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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    Keywords

    Skilled wage premium Metropolitan areas;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions

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