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Agglomeration and Hours Worked

Stuart Rosenthal () and William Strange

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2008, vol. 90, issue 1, 105-118

Abstract: This paper establishes the existence of a previously overlooked relationship between agglomeration and hours worked. Among nonprofessionals, hours worked decrease with the density of workers in the same occupation. Among professionals, the relationship is positive. This relationship is stronger for the young than for the middle-aged. Moreover, young professional hours worked are especially sensitive to the presence of rivals. The paper shows that these patterns are consistent with the selection of hard workers into cities and with the high productivity of agglomerated labor. The behavior of young professionals is also consistent with the presence of keen rivalry in larger markets, a kind of urban rat race. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Date: 2008
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