The Effect of Urbanization on Labor Turnover

18 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2008

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Miles M. Finney

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Janet E. Kohlhase

University of Houston - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2007-07

Abstract

The paper empirically examines labor market matching as a source of urban agglomeration economies. We work from the hypothesis that job turnover leads to tighter labor matches and estimate the relationship between urbanization and the job mobility of young men. Using a panel from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we find evidence that young men change jobs more frequently in their early career if they live in larger or in more educated urban areas. The sensitivity of the results to whether the young men were movers or stayers suggests the possible endogeneity of location.

Suggested Citation

Finney, Miles M. and Kohlhase, Janet E., The Effect of Urbanization on Labor Turnover (2007-07). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48, Issue 2, pp. 311-328, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1124183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2008.00553.x

Miles M. Finney (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Janet E. Kohlhase

University of Houston - Department of Economics ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-5882
United States

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