Elements of Skill: Traits, Intelligences, Education, and Agglomeration

36 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2010

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Marigee Bacolod

Naval Postgraduate School

Bernardo Blum

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

William C. Strange

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Date Written: 2009-07

Abstract

There are many fundamental issues in regional and urban economics that hinge on worker skills. This paper builds on psychological approaches to learning to characterize the role of education and agglomeration in the skill development process. While the standard approach of equating skill to worker education can be useful, there are important aspects of skill that are missed. Using a measure of skill derived from hedonic attribution, the paper explores the geographic distribution of worker traits, intelligences, and skills and considers the roles of urbanization and education in the skill development process.

Suggested Citation

Bacolod, Marigee and Blum, Bernardo and Strange, William C., Elements of Skill: Traits, Intelligences, Education, and Agglomeration (2009-07). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 245-280, February 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1547409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2009.00650.x

Marigee Bacolod (Contact Author)

Naval Postgraduate School ( email )

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Bernardo Blum

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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William C. Strange

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/%7Ewstrange/

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