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Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 51 No. 3 (September 2013)

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A Review of Enrico Moretti's The New Geography of Jobs

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Glaeser, Edward. 2013. "A Review of Enrico Moretti's The New Geography of Jobs." Journal of Economic Literature, 51(3): 825-37.

DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.3.825

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Why is prosperity distributed so unevenly across America's metropolitan areas? While population growth has gone disproportionately towards the Sunbelt, high-skill areas have experienced the strongest income growth since 1970. Gaps between more and less educated areas were modest forty years ago, but they have become quite large, and far larger than would be predicted solely by the general rise in the returns to skill. Unemployment rates during the recent recession were also strongly correlated with area level education. This essay reviews Enrico Moretti's The New Geography of Jobs, which both describes and explains these significant regional trends

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Glaeser, Edward (Harvard U)

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I32: Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
J24: Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
R12: Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity
R23: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics
R32: Other Production and Pricing Analysis


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