Human Capital Location Choice: Accounting for Amenities and Thick Labor Markets

22 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2012

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W. Mark Brown

Statistics Canada

Darren M. Scott

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

A growing literature has found a positive association between human capital and long‐run employment growth across cities. These studies have increased interest in understanding the location choices of university degree holders, a group often used as a proxy measure of human capital. Based on data from the 2001 Canadian Census of Population, this paper investigates determinants of the location choices of degree and nondegree holders. With a multinomial logit model, it tests a series of hypotheses about the differential effects of thick labor markets and amenities on the location choice of these groups across metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in Canada.

Suggested Citation

Brown, W. Mark and Scott, Darren M., Human Capital Location Choice: Accounting for Amenities and Thick Labor Markets (December 2012). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 52, Issue 5, pp. 787-808, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177169 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2012.00772.x

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