Where Have All the Good Doctors Gone? Testing Theories of Spatial Sorting Using Medical School Rank of Medical Doctors in California
26 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2014 Last revised: 27 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 25, 2017
Recent research suggests multiple causes for the spatial variation of human capital observed both among and within cities. This paper studies the location choice of medical doctors in the same industry, specialty, and state, measuring a doctor's human capital through their medical school's rank. The empirical design allows for testing the relation between spatial variation in real estate costs and human capital in isolation from other plausible causes. Empirical results strongly suggest there is a pure human capital effect of real estate costs that is independent of other theories identified in the literature. Further, the findings are consistent Roback‘s(1988) hypothesis that real estate costs have different effects on workers with different human capital.
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Keywords: human capital, externality, skill intensity, Rosen-Roback, income elasticity, returns to skill
JEL Classification: J24, R12, R13
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