Award Year

2003

Award Type

First Prize, Co-winner

Dissertation Advisor

John Bound and Sheldon Danziger

Abstract

This dissertation consists of three self-contained essays that address two distinct topics in labor economics: 1) the effects of geographic accessibility to employment opportunities on job search outcomes; and 2) the effects of job skills on wage growth and job mobility patterns. Both of these have become increasingly important topics for study amid the structural economic changes (over the past three decades) of employment-occupational, sectoral, qualitative, and geographical-that have resulted in increasing earnings inequality within and between racial/ethnic and education groups.

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