Cities that have thrived in relation to their having new economy tech savvy residents.

According to this analysis from The Atlantic staffer Eric Jaffe, winning--from a metro area's standpoint--comes down to whether or not residents of a given metro area possessed “abstract” skills capable of complementing computer technology, such as problem-solving, analytical reasoning, and complex communication.

Jaffe looks at analysis from University of Oxford researchers Thor Berger and Carl Benedikt Frey in Regional Science and Urban Economics, whose study reveals a “previously undocumented shift” in the skills required for new jobs after 1980, concurrent with enormous improvements in the personal computer. Jaffe writes:

From 1980 on, cities filled with abstract-skilled residents capable of tackling computer-related tasks experienced steep job creation. Simply put, says Berger, the analysis found “that computer adoption was much higher in cities with an abundance of workers with abstract skills, and that in these very same cities, the more extensive adoption of computers then contributed to the creation of new work.”

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