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Lehmer F.,Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg | Ludsteck J.,Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg
Papers in Regional Science | Year: 2011

This paper provides an extensive analysis of the wage effects of inter-regional mobility within Germany. Comparing skilled region-type movers with skilled non-migratory establishment movers we find clear evidence of an additional effect of inter-regional mobility which becomes fully effective after three years. The highest returns are obtained by young workers and by rural-urban movers. The introduction of fixed district and establishment effects tackles the notorious nuisance of regional price-level differences and reveals that the mobility returns can be decomposed into roughly equal contributions of human capital accumulation and search gains. Resumen: Este artículo proporciona un amplio análisis de los efectos salariales de la movilidad interregional en Alemania. Al comparar a la mano de obra cualificada que se traslada entre tipos de regiones con la también cualificada no migratoria que solo se traslada entre empleos, encontramos pruebas claras de un efecto adicional de la movilidad interregional que se hace plenamente efectivo al cabo de tres años. Los retornos más elevados los obtienen los trabajadores jóvenes y los que se trasladan de medio rural al urbano. La introducción de efectos fijos por distrito y empleo contrarrestan el notorio fastidio de las diferencias regionales del nivel de precios y revela que los retornos a la movilidad pueden atribuirse más o menos a partes iguales entre la acumulación de capital humano y la mejora en la búsqueda de empleo. © 2010 the author(s). Papers in Regional Science © 2010 RSAI.

Lehmer F.,Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg | Lehmer F.,University of Regensburg | Moller J.,Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg | Moller J.,University of Regensburg
Annals of Regional Science | Year: 2010

At the interface of regional and labor economics, our paper deals with two central topics in the analysis of wage formation, the urban wage premium and the firm-size earnings differential. Choosing a cohort of workers from a large panel microdata set, we obtain an urban wage premium of 8% and a large firm premium of 11%. We find that large firms play a crucial role in explaining higher productivity levels in urban areas. The urban wage growth effect, however, is not tied to the firm level. Hence our findings confirm the view that externalities are operating in the urban environment and not only within firms. © Springer-Verlag 2009.

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