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Dual Earners, Urban Labor Markets and Housing Demand

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  • Jan Rouwendal

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    (Wageningen University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Willemijn van der Straaten

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    (Wageningen University)

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This paper replicates Costa and Kahn's analysis of locational choices of couples of highly educated persons for the Netherlands. We find increasing concentration of such power couples in the urbanized western part of the country. This trend occurs in spite of the absence of an urban wage premium for university-educated workers and the concentration of congestion there. We find that power couples locate more often in medium sized and larger cities than otherwise comparable households and that they are relatively often owner-occupiers and live in more expensive housing. Their commutes are relatively short when it is taken into account that it is more difficult for these households to find suitable combinations of employment and residence locations than it is for single earner households. A probable explanation for these findings is that power couples use their relatively large purchasing power to outbid other households from locations that are especially attractive t!o them, as is predicted by household location theory.

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Date of creation: 14 Oct 2003
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20030084

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Keywords: dual earner households; power couples; urban wages; location choice; commuting distance; housing demand;

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  1. Willemijn Van Der Straaten & Jan Rouwendal, 2011. "Why are the commuting distances of power couples so short? An analysis of the location preferences of households," ERSA conference papers ersa10p816, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Stefan P.T. Groot & Henri L.F. de Groot & Paolo Veneri, 2012. "The Educational Bias in Commuting Patterns: Micro-Evidence for the Netherlands," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-080/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Mette Deding & Trine Filges & Jos Van Ommeren, 2005. "Spatial job and residential mobility - the case of two-earner households," ERSA conference papers ersa05p256, European Regional Science Association.

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