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date: 21 January 2020

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From industrial location theory and Alfred Marshall’s concern for agglomeration to more recent research on industrial clusters and districts, firms and industries have been the dominant unit of analysis in urban economics and economic geography. But the last decade or two have seen a shift in urban and regional research toward talent, human capital, and skills. This includes studies of human capital, occupations, the creative class and specific types of skills, and also on the characteristics of cities and regions that enable them to attract talent, and the role of talent and human capital and skills in urban and regional development. This chapter summarizes the key lines of research on talent, skills, and urban economies.

Keywords: talent, skills, human capital, occupations, education, creative class, urban economies, cities

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