Staff Reports
Agglomeration and Job Matching among College Graduates
December 2012   Number 587
Revised: December 2014
JEL classification: I21, J24, J31, R23

Authors: Jaison R. Abel and  Richard Deitz

We examine job matching as a potential source of urban agglomeration economies. Focusing on college graduates, we construct two direct measures of job matching based on how well an individual’s job corresponds to his or her college education. Consistent with matching-based theories of urban agglomeration, we find evidence that larger and thicker local labor markets increase both the likelihood and quality of a job match for college graduates. We then assess the extent to which better job matching of college-educated workers increases individual-level wages and thereby contributes to the urban wage premium. We find that college graduates with better job matches do indeed earn higher wages on average, though the contribution of such job matching to aggregate urban productivity appears to be relatively modest.

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For a published version of this report, see Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, "Agglomeration and Job Matching among College Graduates," Regional Science and Urban Economics 51 (March 2015): 14-24.
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