Geography and Labor Market Performance
Using data from 76 countries and a large number of controls, this paper analyses how geographical characteristics affect labor market performance. We find that different geographical characteristics have very different effects. While a larger share of highly fertile soil appears to lower employment and increase unemployment, more abundant mineral resources seem to increase employment without affecting unemployment. A larger share of tropical area is associated with higher employment and lower unemployment rates. Neither proximity to the ocean, or to ocean-navigable rivers, nor elevation appears to affect labor market outcomes. Eastern Economic Journal (2009) 35, 190–208. doi:10.1057/eej.2008.11
Volume (Year): 35 (2009 Spring)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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