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On-the-Job Search Behavior: The Importance of Commuting Time

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  • Jos van Ommeren

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Using search theory, we show that job search effort is increasing and, under some conditions, convex in commuting time. We show that the effect of commuting time on job search effort levels may be small in case of uncertainty caused by future job and residential moving behavior. Thus, we provide a microeconomic explanation for the finding that commuters behave as if they are footloose. Our empirical analysis supports the behavioral implications of the model for the Netherlands. Surprisingly, we do not find any evidence that the effect of commuting time on search behavior depends on the commuters' socioeconomic characteristics.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 74 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 526-540

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:74:y:1998:i:4:p:526-540

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  1. Kawata, Keisuke & Sato, Yasuhiro, 2012. "On-the-job search in urban areas," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 715-726.
  2. Van Ommeren, Jos & Rietveld, Piet, 2005. "The commuting time paradox," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 437-454, November.
  3. Clark, William A. V. & Huang, Youqin & Withers, Suzanne, 2003. "Does commuting distance matter?: Commuting tolerance and residential change," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 199-221, March.
  4. Jos van Ommeren & Piet Rietveld, 2002. "Commuting, Spatial Search and Labour Market Bargaining," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 02-039/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  5. Roberts, Jennifer & Hodgson, Robert & Dolan, Paul, 2011. "“It's driving her mad”: Gender differences in the effects of commuting on psychological health," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 1064-1076.
  6. Karlström, Anders & Isacsson, Gunnar, 2009. "Is sick absence related to commuting travel time? - Swedish Evidence Based on the Generalized Propensity Score Estimator," Working Papers, Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute (VTI) 2010:3, Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute (VTI).
  7. Nebiyou Tilahun & David Levinson, 2009. "The Role of Job Search Methods and Contacts on Commuting and Relocation Decisions," Working Papers, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group 000062, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  8. Yao Wu & David Levinson, 2005. "The Rational Locator Reexamined," Working Papers, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group 200503, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.

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