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The regional and sectoral mobility of high-tech workers: insights from Finland

Simonen, J., Svento, R. & McCann, P., Mar-2016, In : Annals of Regional Science. 56, 2, p. 341-368 28 p.

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In this paper we employ data on 156,000 workers working within the Finnish high-tech industries in order to identify the extent to which labour mobility between sectors and regions is influenced by the characteristics of the locality in which the worker works. With these data we are able to estimate different types of binary, multinomial and ordered logit models to capture different types of inter- or intra-sector or region employment mobility. As we will see the different categories of employment mobility are influenced by different factors such that we cannot simply talk about 'labour mobility', but rather need to be specific regarding each particular form of employment mobility. Our results show that urbanisation and industrial diversity are not just associated with greater intra-regional mobility, as is emphasised by the agglomeration literature, but also greater inter-regional mobility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-368
Number of pages28
JournalAnnals of Regional Science
Volume56
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2016

    Keywords

  • LOCAL-LABOR MARKETS, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, SILICON VALLEY, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION, UNITED-STATES, MIGRATION, INNOVATION, KNOWLEDGE, AGGLOMERATION, GEOGRAPHY

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