How Do the Skilled and the Unskilled Respond to Regional Shocks? the Case of Spain

Author/Editor:

Paolo Mauro ; Antonio Spilimbergo

Publication Date:

May 1, 1998

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Summary:

Are there any differences in how workers of different skill levels respond to regional shocks? This paper addresses that question using the methodology of Blanchard and Katz (1992) and a unique data set on working-age population, labor force, and employment for five educational groups (ranging from the illiterate to the college-educated) over 1964-92 for the 50 Spanish provinces. The paper finds that the high-skilled migrate very promptly in response to a decline in regional labor demand, while the low-skilled drop out of the labor force or stay unemployed.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/77

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 46, No. 1, March 1999.

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451956764/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0771998

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Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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