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Cities, Lights, and Skills in Developing Economies

Jonathan Dingel, Antonio Miscio and Donald Davis ()

No 25678, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: 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 skill across these metropolitan areas, we conclude that agglomeration is also skill-biased in Brazil, China, and India.

JEL-codes: C8 O1 O18 R1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-03
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Published as Jonathan I. Dingel & Antonio Miscio & Donald R. Davis, 2019. "Cities, Lights, and Skills in Developing Economies," Journal of Urban Economics, .

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