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The role of education for amenity based sorting in British cities

Gagliardi, Luisa and Schlüter, Teresa (2015) The role of education for amenity based sorting in British cities. SERC discussion papers (SERCDP0184). Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.

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This paper investigates the relation between amenities and skills by looking at the sorting behavior of skilled individuals across neighbourhoods within British cities. Using a detailed micro dataset on housing transactions we recover a composite measure of local amenities that captures the level of attractiveness of each neighbourhood. By combining the amenity measure with data on British individuals we analyse how the cost associated with the consumption of amenities is distributed across education groups and across neighborhoods within cities defined as integrated labour markets. Results show that, holding constant the availability of job opportunities, high skilled individuals exhibit a moderate preference bias towards amenity consumption as they tend to sort into more attractive neighborhoods than lower skilled individuals with the same income.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R22 - Other Demand
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 12:08
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 00:24
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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