HUMAN CAPITAL LOCATION CHOICE: ACCOUNTING FOR AMENITIES AND THICK LABOR MARKETS

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  • We would like to thank the co-editor (Professor Mark Partridge) and three anonymous reviewers for providing insightful comments to improve our paper. We also thank John Baldwin and Alessandra Faggian for their extensive and helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper, which was presented at the 2009 North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International in San Francisco, California.

Abstract

ABSTRACT A growing literature has found a positive association between human capital and long-run employment growth across cities. These studies have increased interest in understanding the location choices of university degree holders, a group often used as a proxy measure of human capital. Based on data from the 2001 Canadian Census of Population, this paper investigates determinants of the location choices of degree and nondegree holders. With a multinomial logit model, it tests a series of hypotheses about the differential effects of thick labor markets and amenities on the location choice of these groups across metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in Canada.

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