Resilience from the micro perspective

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Doran, Justin
Fingleton, Bernard
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Perhaps uniquely, we combine individual-level data from the American Community Survey 2005–2011 with aggregate data for small areas to examine the resilience of individuals’ wages to the 2008 economic crisis. A Mincer-type wage equation, incorporating market potential and employment density, is estimated, leading to a measure of resilience based on actual wages in 2011 and on a counterfactual obtained from our wage equation. We find that individuals living in areas with a higher level of market potential are more resilient, controlling for individual-level characteristics such as education and ethnicity, indicating that both individual-specific and place-specific factors are important.
New Economic Geography , USA , Urban Economics , Counterfactual , Resilience
Doran, J. and Fingleton, B. (2015) 'Resilience from the micro perspective', Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 8(2), pp. 205-223. doi: 10.1093/cjres/rsv004
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