Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch

54 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2011

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Fredrik Andersson

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

John Haltiwanger

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Mark J. Kutzbach

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Henry Pollakowski

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Design

Daniel H. Weinberg

DHW Consulting

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Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper explores rich longitudinal data to gain a better understanding of the importance of spatial mismatch in lower-paid workers’ job search. The data infrastructure at our disposal allows us to investigate the impact on a variety of job search-related outcomes of localized and individual-specific job accessibility measures using identification strategies that mitigate the impact of residential self-selection. Our results suggest that better access to jobs causes a statistically significant, but modest decrease in the duration of joblessness among lower-paid displaced workers, while an abundance of competing searchers for those jobs increases duration modestly. Search durations for older workers, Hispanic workers, and those displaced from manufacturing jobs are especially sensitive to job accessibility.

Suggested Citation

Andersson, Per Fredrik Daniel and Haltiwanger, John C. and Kutzbach, Mark J. and Pollakowski, Henry O. and Weinberg, Daniel H., Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch (September 1, 2011). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-11-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1939000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1939000

Per Fredrik Daniel Andersson

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Henry O. Pollakowski

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Daniel H. Weinberg

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