The Role of Job Search Methods and Contacts on Commuting and Relocation Decisions

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Nebiyou Tilahun

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David Matthew Levinson

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Date Written: August 1, 2009


This paper empirically explores the relationship between (i) job finding and commuting outcomes and (ii) the relationship between job search and the commute and location outcomes of relocation decisions after finding employment. The relationship between commute outcomes when finding a new job and the job search method that one employs are explored first. That is followed by an analysis of how long one stays at their residence after finding work, and where they eventually relocate relative to their new employment site as well as their previous residence. Along with the usual socio-demographic variables, the analysis takes on the job search method as well as the local contacts that one has in their residential area as important variables informing these choices. The findings indicate that jobs found through the use of internet and newspapers were on average farther away from the searchers’ residence as compared to those found through contacts and formal means. On relocation after employment, we find that being a renter and moving to a rental unit were important in how quickly one relocated. In addition those that used the internet to find their jobs also relocated faster after controlling for demographic variables such as age. The distribution of ones social contacts were also found to be important in how far away from the previous location a person relocated.

Keywords: Job Search, Commuting, Socio-Demographics, Job Location

JEL Classification: R40, R41, J2

Suggested Citation

Tilahun, Nebiyou and Levinson, David Matthew, The Role of Job Search Methods and Contacts on Commuting and Relocation Decisions (August 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

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