articles: Is the labor market tighter outside the ghetto?
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.
Volume (Year): 78 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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