Within‐Industry Agglomeration of Occupations: Evidence from Census Microdata

21 Pages Posted: 29 May 2020

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Benny Goldman

Harvard University

Thomas Klier

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Thomas Walstrum

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Date Written: November 2019

Abstract

This study uses worker‐level data on industry, occupation, and place of work to explore differences in the spatial properties of production, administrative, and R&D occupation groups within industries. To measure differences, we calculate location quotients at the local labor market level and the Duranton and Overman (2005) agglomeration index for each group. We find appreciable differences in the spatial distribution of occupation groups within most manufacturing industries, with R&D occupations consistently exhibiting the highest degree of spatial concentration. Our results are consistent with the core theoretical and empirical results in the agglomeration literature.

Keywords: agglomeration, manufacturing, occupations, R&D

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Benjamin and Klier, Thomas and Walstrum, Thomas, Within‐Industry Agglomeration of Occupations: Evidence from Census Microdata (November 2019). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 59, Issue 5, pp. 910-930, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3611115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12432

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Thomas Klier

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Thomas Walstrum

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60604
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