The Employment Cycles of Neighboring Cities

MPRA Paper No. 29410

30 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2011

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Howard J. Wall

Lindenwood University - Center for Economics and the Environment

Date Written: March 7, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the spatial interaction of neighboring cities over their employment cycles. The cycles of neighboring cities tend to be more similar to one another than are those of non-neighboring cities, although this is due primarily to neighbors’ tendency to be in the same state. In addition to these same-state effects, neighborness interacts with industry and human capital in ways that make the cyclical interaction of neighbors different from that of non-neighbors. Specifically, neighboring cities with similar levels of educational attainment and establishment size tend to have more-similar employment cycles, but neighboring cities with similar racial compositions tend to have less-similar employment cycles.

Keywords: Neighboring cities, employment cycles

JEL Classification: R10, E32

Suggested Citation

Wall, Howard J., The Employment Cycles of Neighboring Cities (March 7, 2011). MPRA Paper No. 29410, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1811017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1811017

Howard J. Wall (Contact Author)

Lindenwood University - Center for Economics and the Environment ( email )

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