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The Divergence of Human Capital Levels across Cities


Christopher R. Berry


University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies

Edward L. Glaeser


Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

September 2005

KSG Working Paper No. RWP05-057
Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 2091

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Over the past 30 years, the share of adult populations with college degrees increased more in cities with higher initial schooling levels than in initially less educated places. This tendency appears to be driven by shifts in labor demand as there is an increasing wage premium for skilled people working in skilled cities. In this paper, we present a model where the clustering of skilled people in metropolitan areas is driven by the tendency of skilled entrepreneurs to innovate in ways that employ other skilled people and by the elasticity of housing supply.

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Berry, Christopher R. and Glaeser, Edward L., The Divergence of Human Capital Levels across Cities (September 2005). ; Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 2091. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=794551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.794551

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