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Labor market pooling and occupational agglomeration

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  • Todd M. Gabe
  • Jaison R. Abel

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This paper examines the micro-foundations of occupational agglomeration in U.S. metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on labor market pooling. Controlling for a wide range of occupational attributes, including proxies for the use of specialized machinery and for the importance of knowledge spillovers, we find that jobs characterized by a unique knowledge base exhibit higher levels of geographic concentration than do occupations with generic knowledge requirements. Further, by analyzing co-agglomeration patterns, we find that occupations with similar knowledge requirements tend to co-agglomerate. Both results provide new evidence on the importance of labor market pooling as a determinant of occupational agglomeration.

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  • Todd M. Gabe & Jaison R. Abel, 2009. "Labor market pooling and occupational agglomeration," Staff Reports 392, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:392
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    1. Leung, Ming D., 2012. "Job Categories and Geographic Identity: A Category Stereotype Explanation for Occupational Agglomeration," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt31b4c6p8, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.

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    Labor market ; Labor mobility;

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