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Urban Search Models under High-relocation Costs. Theory and Application to Spatial Mismatch

Reprint No. 2009:25

Author(s): Yves ZenouYear: 2009 Title: Labour Economics Volume (No.): 16 (5) Pages: 534–546
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We develop a search-matching model in which mobility costs are so high that it is too costly for workers to relocate when a change in their employment status occurs. We show that, in equilibrium, wages increase with distance to jobs and commuting costs because firms need to compensate the transportation cost difference between the employed and unemployed workers at each location in the city. We also show that the equilibrium land rent is negatively affected by the unemployment benefit because an increase in the latter induce firms to create less jobs, which, in turn, reduces the competition in the land market. We then use this model to provide a mechanism for the observed spatial mismatch between where black workers live and where jobs are. We finally show that a transportation policy consisting in subsidizing the commuting costs of black workers can increase job creation and reduce unemployment if the level of the subsidy is set at a sufficiently high level.


Reference:
Zenou, Yves (2009), "Urban Search Models under High-relocation Costs. Theory and Application to Spatial Mismatch". Labour Economics 16(5), 534–546.

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