The Complementarity between Cities and Skills
There is a strong connection between per worker productivity and metropolitan area population, which is commonly interpreted as evidence for the existence of agglomeration economies. This correlation is particularly strong in cities with higher levels of skill and virtually non-existent in less skilled metropolitan areas. This fact is particularly compatible with the view that urban density is important because proximity spreads knowledge, which either makes workers more skilled or entrepreneurs more productive. Bigger cities certainly attract more skilled workers, and there is some evidence suggesting that human capital accumulates more quickly in urban areas.
|Date of creation:||Jun 2009|
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|Publication status:||published as “ The Complementarity betwe en Cities and Skills , ” (joint with Matthew G. Resseger) , Journal of Regional Science , 50( 1 ) ( 2010 ): 221 - 2 44 .|
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