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Alternative theories for explaining the spatial wage inequality: a multilevel competition among human capital, NEG and amenities

  • Dusan Paredes

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

This paper presents an empirical framework for analyzing the spatial wage inequality in a Latin American country: Chile. This country is mainly characterized by two stylized facts: the high spatial concentration around metropolitan areas and the key role of natural resources. We consider both elements with a competition between NEG versus amenity framework. Both theories are combined with human capital through a Multilevel Analysis. The results show the low performance of NEG for Chile and how the natural resources are a winner causal mechanism for the case. Additionally, the spatial wage variability is extremely small when it is compared with the wage variation at individual level.

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Paper provided by Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics in its series Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional with number 20.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
Date of revision: Apr 2012
Handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201206
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