Locational signaling and agglomeration
Marcus Berliant () and
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Agglomeration can be caused by asymmetric information and a locational signaling effect: The location choice of workers signals their productivity to potential employers. The cost of a signal is the cost of housing at a location. When workers’ price elasticity of demand for housing is negatively correlated with their productivity, skill-biased technological change causes a core-periphery bifurcation where the agglomeration of high-skill workers eventually constitutes a unique stable equilibrium. When workers’ price elasticity of demand for housing and their productivity are positively correlated, skill-biased technological improvements will never result in a core periphery equilibrium. This paper claims that location can at best be an approximate rather than a precise sieve for high-skill workers.
Keywords: Agglomeration; Adverse Selection; Asymmetric Information; Locational Signaling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R13 D82 D51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: LOCATIONAL SIGNALING AND AGGLOMERATION (2015)
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