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Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Richmond Fed Economic Brief
Inequality in and across Cities
Jessica Sackett Romero
Felipe Schwartzman

Inequality in the United States has an important spatial component. More-skilled workers tend to live in larger cities where they earn higher wages. Less-skilled workers make lower wages and do not experience similar gains even when they live in those cities. This dynamic implies that larger cities are also more unequal. These relationships appear to have become more pronounced as inequality has increased. The evidence points to externalities among high-skilled workers as a significant contributor to those patterns.

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Jessica Sackett Romero & Felipe Schwartzman, "Inequality in and across Cities" , Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Richmond Fed Economic Brief, issue October, pages 1-5, 2018.
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Keywords: inequality; cities; spatial inequality
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