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Networks, commuting and spatial structures: An introduction


  • Reggiani, Aura

    () (University of Bologna; Italy)

  • Rietveld, Piet

    (Free University of Amsterdam)


The interaction between home and workplace has been a central component of urban and regional economics theories (Clark et al. 2003). These authors also emphasize that it is the continuing separation of jobs and residences which produces much of the commuting, and these links are as relevant in the polycentric city as in the monocentric city. However, “[i]n practice, the dispersal of job opportunities has created a much more complicated behavioural response to the linkage between work and residence” (Clark et al. 2003, p.201). The relation between land use (residential and employment location) and commuting seems therefore rather complex and worth further exploration, despite the voluminous literature already existing on this issue.

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  • Reggiani, Aura & Rietveld, Piet, 2010. "Networks, commuting and spatial structures: An introduction," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 2(3), pages 1-4.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jtralu:0028

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    1. Jan Eeckhout, 2004. "Gibrat's Law for (All) Cities," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(5), pages 1429-1451, December.
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    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, vol. 33(2), pages 199-221, March.
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    1. Lenormand, Maxime & Huet, Sylvie & Gargiulo, Floriana, 2014. "Generating French virtual commuting networks at the municipality level," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 7(1), pages 43-55.
    2. Gerse, József & Szilágyi, Dániel, 2016. "Commuting links between settlement hierarchy levels in Hungary," MPRA Paper 74514, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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