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The Divergence of Human Capital Levels Across Cities

Christopher R. Berry, Edward L. Glaeser

NBER Working Paper No. 11617
Issued in September 2005
NBER Program(s):   EFG

Over the past 30 years, the share of adult populations with college degrees increased more in cities with higher initial schooling levels than in initially less educated places. This tendency appears to be driven by shifts in labor demand as there is an increasing wage premium for skilled people working in skilled cities. In this paper, we present a model where the clustering of skilled people in metropolitan areas is driven by the tendency of skilled entrepreneurs to innovate in ways that employ other skilled people and by the elasticity of housing supply.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11617

Published: Berry, Christopher and Edward L. Glaeser. “The Divergence of Human Capital Levels across Cities.” Regional Science 84, 3 (2005): 407-444.

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