Taxi drivers with a PhD: trickle down or crowding-out for lower educated workers in Dutch cities?

Ponds, R., Marlet, G., van Woerkens, C. & Garretsen, H., Jul-2016, In : Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. 9, 2, p. 405-422 18 p.

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Attracting higher educated workers is often seen as a means to stimulate employment in cities in general, leading to lower unemployment for the lower educated, the ‘trickle-down’ effect. However, lower educated workers may also experience crowding-out effects if these higher educated inhabitants accept jobs below their educational level. Based on an empirical analysis of a cross-section of Dutch cities, we find that these crowding-out effects indeed seem to occur. This implies that a trickle-down strategy cannot be seen as a panacea by urban policymakers for the problem of high unemployment amongst lower educated workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-422
Number of pages18
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2016

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