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Equilibrium Commuting

Marcus Berliant () and Takatoshi Tabuchi ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We consider the role of a nonlinear commuting cost function in determination of the equilibrium commuting pattern where all agents are mobile. Previous literature has considered only linear commuting cost, where in equilibrium, all workers are indifferent about their workplace location. We show that this no longer holds for nonlinear commuting cost. The equilibrium commuting pattern is completely determined by the concavity or convexity of commuting cost as a function of distance. We show that a monocentric equilibrium exists when the ratio of the firm agglomeration externality to commuting cost is sufficiently high. Finally, we find empirical evidence of both long and short commutes in equilibrium, implying that the commuting cost function is likely concave.

Keywords: Commuting; Land rent; Wage gradient (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R13 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-tre and nep-ure
Date: 2015-11-06
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