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Spatial Mismatch through Local Public Employment Agencies? Answers from a French Quasi-Experiment

Mathieu Bunel () and Elisabeth Tovar ()

No 2015-32, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: Using the unanticipated creation of a new agency in the French region of Lyon as a quasinatural experiment, we question whether distance to local public employment agencies (LPEAs) is a new channel for spatial mismatch. Contrary to past evidence based on aggregated data and consistent with the spatial mismatch literature, we find no evidence of a worker/agency spatial mismatch, which supports a resizing of the French LPEA network. However, echoing the literature on the institutional determinants of the local public employment agencies’ efficiency, we do find detrimental institutional transitory effects.

Keywords: spatial mismatch; unemployment; public employment service; quasi-experiment. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J58 R53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2015
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-lab and nep-ure
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