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Location choices of firms and workers in an urban model with heterogeneities in skills and preferences

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This paper investigates the location choices of firms and workers, and the implied commuting behavior, in a city comprising several jurisdictions. Jurisdictions are geographically represented by segments that are connected to each other at the center. Each jurisdiction has its own amenities. Workers are classified into types on the basis of their skills and amenity preferences. Firms employ all types of worker. A business area may be formed in the center or in the suburban segments. A monocentric configuration arises when the commuting cost is small and heterogeneity of workers is large.

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  • Okamoto, Ryosuke, 2007. "Location choices of firms and workers in an urban model with heterogeneities in skills and preferences," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 670-687, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:37:y:2007:i:6:p:670-687
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    1. Klaus Nowotny, 2010. "Risk Aversion, Time Preference and Cross-border Commuting and Migration Intentions," WIFO Working Papers 379, WIFO.
    2. Klaus Nowotny, 2014. "Cross-border commuting and migration intentions: the roles of risk aversion and time preference," Contemporary Economics, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, vol. 8(2), June.

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