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articles: Spatial mismatch research in the 1990s: progress and potential

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  • Valerie Preston

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    (Department of Geography, York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada)

  • Sara McLafferty

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    (Department of Geography, Hunter College - CUNY, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA)

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    This article reviews recent research about the spatial mismatch hypothesis from a range of social science disciplines. Since 1990, researchers have tested the mismatch hypothesis in diverse metropolitan settings; devised more accurate measures of geographical access to employment; and developed models to address issues such as compensating variations, sample selection bias, and contextual effects. We argue for a broader conceptualization of spatial mismatch that considers how social and spatial relations affect employment outcomes for women, immigrants, and other ethnic minorities. This broader view will enhance the contribution of research to current theoretical and policy debates about urban poverty. The effects of metropolitan context and neighborhood-level differences in services, resources, and social networks on spatial access and, independently, on wages and employment also warrant future research attention.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Papers in Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 78 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 387-402

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:presci:v:78:y:1999:i:4:p:387-402

    Note: Received: April 14, 1998
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    Keywords: Spatial mismatch; gender; race;

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    1. Dawkins, Casey J. & Shen, Qing & Sanchez, Thomas W., 2005. "Race, space, and unemployment duration," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(1), pages 91-113, July.
    2. B├╝chel, Felix & van Ham, Maarten, 2002. "Overeducation, Regional Labour Markets and Spatial Flexibility," IZA Discussion Papers 424, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Kawata, Keisuke & Sato, Yasuhiro, 2012. "On-the-job search in urban areas," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 715-726.
    4. McQuaid, Ronald W., 2009. "A model of the travel to work limits of parents," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 19-28.

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