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The (Un)importance of Geographical Mobility in the Great Recession"

Siddharth Kothari, Itay Saporta Eksten () and Edison Yu
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Siddharth Kothari: Stanford University

Review of Economic Dynamics, 2013, vol. 16, issue 3, 553-563

Abstract: Unemployment during and after the Great Recession has been persistently high. One concern is that the housing bust reduced geographical mobility and prevented workers from moving for jobs. We characterize flows out of unemployment that are related to geographical mobility to construct an upper bound on the effect of mobility on unemployment between 2007 and 2012. The effect of geographical mobility is always small: Using pre-recession mobility rates, decreased mobility can account for only an 11 basis points increase in the unemployment rate over the period. Using dynamics of renter geographical mobility in this period to calculate homeowner counterfactual mobility, delivers similar results. Using the highest mobility rate observed in the data, reduced mobility accounts for only a 33 basis points increase in the unemployment rate. (Copyright: Elsevier)

Keywords: Mobility; Unemploymentl; Great Recession; Geographical Mismatch; Stock-flow equations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 E32 J61 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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