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Spatial Mismatch, Search Effort and Urban Spatial Structure

Tony E Smith and Yves Zenou ()

No 3731, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: The aim of this Paper is to provide a new mechanism for the spatial mismatch hypothesis. Spatial mismatch can here be the result of optimizing behaviour on the part of the labour market participants. In particular, the unemployed can choose low amounts of search and long-term unemployment if they reside far away from jobs. They choose voluntarily not to relocate close to jobs because the short-run gains (low land rent and large housing consumption) are big enough compared to the long-run gains of residing near jobs (higher probability of finding a job).

Keywords: job matching; MTO; search intensities; urban segregation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 J64 R14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo and nep-ure
Date: 2003-02
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