Matthew G. Resseger
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA 02138
Institutional Affiliation: Harvard University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2009||The Complementarity between Cities and Skills|
with : w15103
There is a strong connection between per worker productivity and metropolitan area population, which is commonly interpreted as evidence for the existence of agglomeration economies. This correlation is particularly strong in cities with higher levels of skill and virtually non-existent in less skilled metropolitan areas. This fact is particularly compatible with the view that urban density is important because proximity spreads knowledge, which either makes workers more skilled or entrepreneurs more productive. Bigger cities certainly attract more skilled workers, and there is some evidence suggesting that human capital accumulates more quickly in urban areas.
Published: “ The Complementarity betwe en Cities and Skills , ” (joint with Matthew G. Resseger) , Journal of Regional Science , 50( 1 ) ( 2010 ): 221 - 2 44 .
|October 2008||Urban Inequality|
with , : w14419
What impact does inequality have on metropolitan areas? Crime rates are higher in places with more inequality, and people in unequal cities are more likely to say that they are unhappy. There is also a negative association between local inequality and the growth of both income and population, once we control for the initial distribution of skills. What determines the degree of inequality across metropolitan areas? Twenty years ago, metropolitan inequality was strongly associated with poverty, but today, inequality is more strongly linked to the presence of the wealthy. Inequality in skills can explain about one third of the variation in income inequality, and that skill inequality is itself explained by historical schooling patterns and immigration. There are also substantial differe...