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Occupational Matching and Cities

Theodore Papageorgiou

No 1011, Boston College Working Papers in Economics from Boston College Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, I document that workers in larger cities have significantly more occupational options than workers in smaller ones. They are able to form better occupational matches and earn higher wages. I also note differences in the occupational reallocation patterns across cities. I develop a dynamic model of occupational choice that microfounds agglomeration economies and captures the empirical patterns. The calibration of the model suggests that better occupational match quality accounts for approximately 35% of the observed wage premium and a third of the greater inequality in larger cities.

Keywords: Occupations; Agglomeration Economies; Urban Wage Premium; Multi-armed Bandits; Geographical Mobility; Matching Theory; Wage Inequality; Job Vacancy Postings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J31 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-06-14
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-geo, nep-lma, nep-ore and nep-ure
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