The Spatial Sorting and Matching of Skills and Firms

28 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2009

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Giordano Mion

University of Sussex - Department of Economics; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Paolo Naticchioni

University of Rome I; University of Cassino

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Abstract

In this paper we make use of a matched employer-employee database for Italy to look at the spatial distribution of wages. Using this rich database we aim to open up the black box of agglomeration economies exploiting the micro dimension of interaction among economic agents, both individuals and firms. We provide evidence that firm size and, especially, skills are sorted across space and account for a large portion of the spatial wage variation. Our data also support the assortative matching hypothesis, which we show not to be driven by co-location of good workers and firms. Finally, we point out that assortative matching is negatively related to local market size.

Suggested Citation

Mion, Giordano and Naticchioni, Paolo, The Spatial Sorting and Matching of Skills and Firms. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 42, Issue 1, pp. 28-55, February 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1330597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5982.2008.01498.x

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Paolo Naticchioni

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University of Cassino ( email )

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