Boston Consulting Group
New York, NY
Institutional Affiliation: Columbia University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|March 2019||Cities, Lights, and Skills in Developing Economies|
with Jonathan I. Dingel, Donald R. Davis: w25678
In developed economies, agglomeration is skill-biased: larger cities are skill-abundant and exhibit higher skilled wage premia. This paper characterizes the spatial distributions of skills in Brazil, China, and India. To facilitate comparisons with developed-economy findings, we construct metropolitan areas for each of these economies by aggregating finer geographic units on the basis of contiguous areas of light in nighttime satellite images. Our results validate this procedure. These lights-based metropolitan areas mirror commuting-based definitions in the United States and Brazil. In China and India, which lack commuting-based definitions, lights-based metropolitan populations follow a power law, while administrative units do not. Examining variation in relative quantities and prices of...
Published: Jonathan I. Dingel & Antonio Miscio & Donald R. Davis, 2019. "Cities, Lights, and Skills in Developing Economies," Journal of Urban Economics, .
|December 2014||Agglomeration: A Dynamic Approach|
with Walker Hanlon: w20728
This paper studies the sources of agglomeration economies in cities. We begin by introducing a simple dynamic spatial equilibrium model that incorporates spillovers within and across industries, as well as city-size effects. The model generates a dynamic panel-data estimation equation. We implement the approach using detailed new data describing the industry composition of 31 English cities from 1851-1911. We find that industries grow faster in cities where they have more local suppliers or other occupationally-similar industries. Industries do not grow more rapidly in locations in which they are already large, though there can be exceptions. Thus, dynamic agglomeration appears to be driven by cross-industry effects. Once we control for these cross-industry agglomeration effects, we find a...
Published: W. Walker Hanlon, Antonio Miscio, Agglomeration: A long-run panel data approach, Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 99, 2017, Pages 1-14, ISSN 0094-1190, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2017.01.001.