Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96763
Authors: 
Kok, Suzanne
ter Weel, Bas
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8053
Abstract: 
This research applies a task-based approach to measure and interpret changes in the employment structure of the 168 largest US cities in the period 1990-2009. As a result of technological change some tasks can be placed at distance, while others require proximity. We construct a measure of task connectivity to investigate which tasks are more likely to require proximity relative to others. Our results suggest that cities with higher shares of connected tasks experienced higher employment growth. This result is robust to a variety of other explanations including industry composition, routinisation, and the complementarity between skills and cities.
Subjects: 
occupations
tasks
cities
employment
JEL: 
J20
J30
O30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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