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Determinants Of Population And Jobs At A Local Level: An Application For Catalan Municipalities


  • Josep María Arauzo

    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)


This paper explores the determinants of population and jobs. We consider that employment and population are simultaneously determined and assume that for population and employees, location determinants vary between professional groups rather than between sectors. We used two-stage least-squares (TSLS) to estimate residential and employment location and tested the model using recent data for municipalities in Catalonia (from 1991 to 1996). Our data base came mainly from the Catalan Statistical Institute (IDESCAT). Our results show that location patterns depend on professional groups of residents and employees. We also found that, although population and jobs are simultaneously determined, the location of population is more important for the location of jobs than vice versa. Este papel explora los determinantes de la localización de la población y de lospuestos de trabajo. Consideramos que la ocupación y la población estánsimultáneamente determinados y asumimos que para la población y los empleados, losdeterminantes de la localización varían más entre los grupos profesionales que entre lossectores de actividad. Utilizamos Mínimos Cuadrados en 2 Etapas (MC2E) para estimarla localización residencial y del empleo y contrastamos el modelo usando datosrecientes de municipios catalanes (del 1991 al 1996). Nuestra base de datos procedebásicamente del Institut d¿Estadística de Catalunya (IDESCAT).Nuestros resultados muestran que las pautas locacionales dependen de losgrupos profesionales de los residentes y los empleados. También encontramos que,aunque la población y los puestos de trabajo están simultáneamente determinados, lalocalización de la población es más importante para la localización de los puestos detrabajo que viceversa.

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  • Josep María Arauzo, 2002. "Determinants Of Population And Jobs At A Local Level: An Application For Catalan Municipalities," Working Papers. Serie EC 2002-25, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  • Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:2002-25

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