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Does spatial employment density spur inter-firm job switching?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
2013 (English)In: The annals of regional science, ISSN 0570-1864, E-ISSN 1432-0592, Vol. 51, no 1, 245-272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inter-firm job switching of workers is a much cited but seldom measured source of the productivity advantages of spatial employment density. It has been advanced as a conduit for localized knowledge flows as well as labor market matching efficiency. Using a matched employer–employee dataset for Sweden, we estimate the influence spatial employment density has on the probability of inter-firm job switching of private sector workers. Our estimates suggest that a doubling of employment density per square kilometer increases the probability that a random worker switches employer by 0.2 % points. The same effect is substantially higher for more skilled workers. While the effect of a doubling of density is limited, the actual differences in density across the regions in our data amount to a factor over 40, rendering differences in density an important explanation for regional variations in rates of inter-firm job switching.

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Springer , 2013. Vol. 51, no 1, 245-272 p.
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Civil Engineering Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6697DOI: 10.1007/s00168-012-0544-yLocal ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoC1B458BA56FF25BAC1257CE4005B0A52OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6697DiVA: diva2:834228
Available from: 2014-06-05 Created: 2014-05-26 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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