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LABOR MOBILITY AND SPATIAL DENSITY
Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) Lunds Universitet.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics (Closed (20130101). KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS (closed 20110701).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8377-1633
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Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on a much cited but seldom measured micro-foundation for agglomerations: inter-firm labor mobility. Labor mobility has been advanced as a vehicle for knowledge flows and labor market efficiency, and is often maintained to be an important source of agglomeration economies. Based on matched employer-employee data, we estimate the influence that spatial employment density has on the probability of inter-firm job-switching, while controlling for ample attributes of each worker and employer. The rate of inter-firm labor mobility varies substantially across regions and we document a systematic and robust positive influence of density on the probability of job switching. The likelihood that such switching is intra-regional is significantly higher if the employees operate in denser regions, verifying that labor mobility (and thus the effects mediated by it) is indeed localized. Higher rates of inter-firm labor mobility appear as a likely mechanism behind the empirically verified productivity advantage of dense regions.

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CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2011. , 26 p.
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CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 248
Keyword [en]
job-switching, inter-firm labor mobility, agglomeration economies, external economies, micro-foundations, density
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-67477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-67477DiVA: diva2:485019
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Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2013-11-12Bibliographically approved

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