DP3324 Spatial Mismatch and Skill Accumulation

Author(s): Philippe Monfort, Gianmarco Ottaviano
Publication Date: April 2002
Keyword(s): agglomeration, dual labour markets, skill accumulation, spatial mismatch
JEL(s): F12, L13, R13
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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Increasing returns in matching between skilled workers and firms create a local thick-market externality when labour markets are geographically segmented. This generates an agglomeration force that can offset the dispersion force due to local competition in a segmented product market. When this is the case, only some regions specialize in high-skill productions while others are caught in a low-skill trap.