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Endogenous Qualifications and Firms' Agglomeration

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  • P Picard
  • E Toulemonde

This paper analyzes firms' location when workers endogenously choose to qualify for professional skills but when they remain uncertain about the potential match between their personal abilities and/or affinities and the firms' specific production tasks. By qualifying in a region where firms agglomerate, workers benefit from higher prospects of good match. At the equilibrium, we show that firms may locate in a single cluster, symmetric clusters or even asymmetric clusters. Comparative statics with respect to product market demand and labor supply parameters are provided.

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Paper provided by Economics, The University of Manchester in its series The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series with number 0105.

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Date of creation: 2001
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