The Employment Cycles of Neighboring Cities
Howard J. Wall
Lindenwood University - Institute for Study of Economics and the Environment
March 7, 2011
MPRA Paper No. 29410
This paper examines the spatial interaction of neighboring cities over their employment cycles. The cycles of neighboring cities tend to be more similar to one another than are those of non-neighboring cities, although this is due primarily to neighbors’ tendency to be in the same state. In addition to these same-state effects, neighborness interacts with industry and human capital in ways that make the cyclical interaction of neighbors different from that of non-neighbors. Specifically, neighboring cities with similar levels of educational attainment and establishment size tend to have more-similar employment cycles, but neighboring cities with similar racial compositions tend to have less-similar employment cycles.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Neighboring cities, employment cycles
JEL Classification: R10, E32working papers series
Date posted: April 17, 2011
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