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ELEMENTS OF SKILL: TRAITS, INTELLIGENCES, EDUCATION, AND AGGLOMERATION

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There are many fundamental issues in regional and urban economics that hinge on worker skills. This paper builds on psychological approaches to learning to characterize the role of education and agglomeration in the skill development process. While the standard approach of equating skill to worker education can be useful, there are important aspects of skill that are missed. Using a measure of skill derived from hedonic attribution, the paper explores the geographic distribution of worker traits, intelligences, and skills and considers the roles of urbanization and education in the skill development process.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2009.00650.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine, 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100., Email: mbacolod@uci.edu 2: Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George St., University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3E6, Canada. , wstrange@rotman.utoronto.ca, Email: bblum@rotman.utoronto.ca

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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