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Spatial division of labor in Chile 1992-2002

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  • Miguel Atienza

    () (IDEAR - Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte - Chile)

  • Marcelo Lufin

    () (IDEAR - Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte - Chile)

  • Mauricio Sarrias

    () (IDEAR - Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte - Chile)

Abstract

The article describes functional specialization of the Chilean municipalities ("comunas"), controlling for their industrial mix between 1992 and 2002 with information from the Population and Housing Censuses. The analysis of global and local spatial auto-correlation of indices of functional specialization shows the existence of a pattern of spatial division of labor characterized by the strong specialization of the Metropolitan Region in occupations of higher cognitive-cultural skills. In contrast, the other "comunas" are specialized in routine physical functions that require medium or low levels of qualification. This pattern raises doubts about the validity of the current development strategy of the country.

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  • Miguel Atienza & Marcelo Lufin & Mauricio Sarrias, 2012. "Spatial division of labor in Chile 1992-2002," Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional 16, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201202
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    Keywords

    Division of labor; industrial mix; occupational mix; regional inequality;

    JEL classification:

    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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