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Getting a First Job: Quality of the Labor Matching in French Cities

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This paper evaluates the influence of urban density on the quality of the match between workers' field of education and their first occupation. Using survey data on young individuals that entered the French labor market in 2004, I propose an original measure of skill matching and find that the quality of the match increases with urban density. I also show that a better skill match is associated with higher wages and that this matching premium comes in addition to the urban wage premium.

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  • Brahim Boualam, 2014. "Getting a First Job: Quality of the Labor Matching in French Cities," Research Papers by the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva 14094, Institut d'Economie et Econométrie, Université de Genève.
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