Urban Interactions : Soft Skills vs . Specialization

  title={Urban Interactions : Soft Skills vs . Specialization},
  author={Marigee P. Bacolod},
This paper considers the role of soft skills in cities and industry clusters. It begins by specifying a model of agglomeration economies where soft skills allow agents to interact more productively. The model exposes two conflicting forces: agglomeration allows opportunities to interact, but it also produces thick, specialized markets, and this specialization can be a substitute for interaction. In order to empirically evaluate the soft skills – agglomeration relationship, the paper matches… CONTINUE READING


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