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How local are labor markets? Evidence from a spatial job search model

Manning, Alan and Petrongolo, Barbara (2017) How local are labor markets? Evidence from a spatial job search model. American Economic Review, 107 (10). pp. 2877-2907. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.20131026

Abstract

This paper models the optimal search strategies of the unemployed across space to characterize local labor markets. Our methodology allows for linkages between numerous areas, while preserving tractability. We estimate that labor markets are quite local, as the attractiveness of jobs to applicants sharply decays with distance. Also, workers are discouraged from searching in areas with strong job competition from other jobseekers. However, as labor markets overlap, a local stimulus or transport improvements have modest effects on local outcomes, because ripple effects in job applications dilute their impact across a series of overlapping markets.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/aer
Additional Information: © 2017 AEA
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J63 - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J64 - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 03:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/78492

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