Geography and Labor Market Performance


Feldmann, H., 2009. Geography and Labor Market Performance. Eastern Economic Journal, 35 (2), pp. 190-208.

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Using data from 76 countries and a large number of controls, this paper analyses how geographical characteristics affect labor market performance. We find that different geographical characteristics have very different effects. While a larger share of highly fertile soil appears to lower employment and increase unemployment, more abundant mineral resources seem to increase employment without affecting unemployment. A larger share of tropical area is associated with higher employment and lower unemployment rates. Neither proximity to the ocean, or to ocean-navigable rivers, nor elevation appears to affect labor market outcomes.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsFeldmann, H.
Uncontrolled Keywordsunemployment,geography,employment,natural resources,climate
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
ID Code14100


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