Eastern Economic Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 190–208

Geography and Labor Market Performance

  • Horst Feldmann

DOI: 10.1057/eej.2008.11

Cite this article as:
Feldmann, H. Eastern Econ J (2009) 35: 190. doi:10.1057/eej.2008.11


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.


climate employment geography natural resources unemployment 

JEL Classifications

E24 O13 Q00 

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© Eastern Economic Association 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Horst Feldmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics & International DevelopmentUniversity of BathBathUK

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