Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58823
Authors: 
Combes, Pierre-Philippe
Duranton, Gilles
Gobillon, Laurent
Roux, Sébastien
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6501
Abstract: 
This paper provides descriptive evidence about the distribution of wages and skills in denser and less dense employment areas in France. We confirm that on average, workers in denser areas are more skilled. There is also strong over-representation of workers with particularly high and low skills in denser areas. These features are consistent with patterns of migration including negative selection of migrants to less dense areas and positive selection towards denser areas. Nonetheless migration, even in the long run, accounts for little of the skill differences between denser and less dense areas. Finally, we find marked differences across age groups and some suggestions that much of the skill differences across areas can be explained by differences between occupational groups rather than within.
Subjects: 
sorting
wage distribution
skill distribution
JEL: 
J31
J61
R12
R23
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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