2006–2010

The Mechanisms of Spatial Mismatch

Reprint No. 2007:26

Author(s): Laurent Gobillon, Harris Selod and Yves ZenouYear: 2007 Title: Urban Studies Volume (No.): 44 (12) Pages: 2401–2427


The spatial mismatch hypothesis (SMH) argues that low-skilled minorities residing in US inner cities experience poor labour market outcomes because they are disconnected from suburban job opportunities. This assumption gave rise to an abundant empirical literature, which is rather supportive of the SMH. Surprisingly, it is only recently that theoretical models have emerged, which probably explains why the mechanisms of spatial mismatch have long remained unclear and not properly tested. This article presents relevant facts, reviews the theoretical models of spatial mismatch, confronts their predictions with available empirical results and indicates which mechanisms deserve further empirical tests.


Reference:
Gobillon, Laurent, Harris Selod and Yves Zenou (2007), "The Mechanisms of Spatial Mismatch". Urban Studies 44(12), 2401–2427.

Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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