Human Capital Externalities and the Urban Wage Premium: Two Literatures and Their Interrelations

39 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Benedikt Halfdanarson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Daniel F. Heuermann

University of Regensburg

Jens Suedekum

Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract

In this paper we survey the recent developments in two empirical literatures at the crossroads of labor and urban economics: Studies about localized human capital externalities (HCE) and about the urban wage premium (UWP). After surveying the methods and main results of each of these two literatures separately, we highlight several interrelations between them. In particular we ask if HCE can be interpreted as one fundamental cause of the UWP, and we discuss if one literature can conceptually learn from the methods that are used by the other one.

Keywords: local labor markets, agglomeration, human capital externalities, urban wage premium

JEL Classification: J31, J61, R23, R12

Suggested Citation

Halfdanarson, Benedikt and Heuermann, Daniel F. and Südekum, Jens, Human Capital Externalities and the Urban Wage Premium: Two Literatures and Their Interrelations. IZA Working Paper No. 3493, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Benedikt Halfdanarson (Contact Author)

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Daniel F. Heuermann

University of Regensburg ( email )

93040 Regensburg
D-93040 Regensburg, 93053
Germany

Jens Südekum

Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 1
Duesseldorf, NRW 40225
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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