(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Cities, tasks, and skills

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KOK S. (1) ; TER WEEL B. (1) ;
(1) CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, The Hague, PAYS-BAS


This research applies a task-based approach to measure and interpret changes in the employment structure of the 168 largest U.S. cities in the period 1990–2009. As a result of technological change some tasks can be placed at distance, while others require proximity. It constructs a measure of task connectivity to investigate which tasks are more likely to require proximity relative to others. The results suggest that cities with higher shares of connected tasks experienced higher employment growth. This result is robust to a variety of other explanations including industry composition, routinization, and the complementarity between skills and cities


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of regional science / ISSN 0022-4146

Editor : Regional Science Research Institute, Amherst, MA - ETATS-UNIS (1958)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 54, no5 [pp. 856-892]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 7 fig., 11 tabl.



Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/jors.12125

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