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articles: Is the labor market tighter outside the ghetto?


  • Keith R. Ihlanfeldt

    () (Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, 35 Broad Street, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA)


The purposes of this article are twofold. First, a critical review is provided of the traditional approach to empirically investigating the effects of labor market spatial mismatch on minority workers. Second, in lieu of analyzing the effects of mismatch as has been done in previous studies, the logically prior issue of whether spatial mismatch exists is investigated using establishment data from four large metropolitan areas. Results suggest that mean job vacancy rates and/or starting wages are lower in ghetto areas, suggesting that the labor market is tighter outside these areas. The evidence therefore supports the existence of spatial mismatch.

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  • Keith R. Ihlanfeldt, 1999. "articles: Is the labor market tighter outside the ghetto?," Papers in Regional Science, Springer;Regional Science Association International, vol. 78(4), pages 341-363.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:presci:v:78:y:1999:i:4:p:341-363

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    Discrimination; spatial mismatch; ghetto; job vacancy rates;

    JEL classification:

    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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