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Does spatial employment density spur inter-firm job switching?

Andersson, Martin LU and Thulin, Per (2013) In Annals of Regional Science 51(1). p.245-272
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Annals of Regional Science
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245 - 272
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Springer
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  author       = {Andersson, Martin and Thulin, Per},
  issn         = {1432-0592},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {245--272},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Annals of Regional Science},
  title        = {Does spatial employment density spur inter-firm job switching?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00168-012-0544-y},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2013},
}