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A Multi-objective Approach to Improving Regional Jobs-Housing Balance


  • Mark Horner
  • Alan Murray


H ORNER M. W. and M URRAY A. T. (2003) A multi-objective approach to improving regional jobs-housing balance, Reg. Studies 37 , 135-146. Congestion is one of the most significant problems facing urban regions. It is well recognized that congestion is largely a by-product of the work commute, suggesting spatial imbalances in the locations of jobs relative to the location of housing. While jobs-housing imbalances persist in most urban areas, research indicates that associated commuting (and congestion) tends to be more than it need be. Addressing these issues, we extend the classic transportation problem to deal with regional jobs-housing imbalances. Application results are presented using journey-to- work data for the Atlanta metropolitan region. Several scenarios are evaluated, demonstrating the inherent flexibility of this modelling approach in addressing the long-term management of congestion. Our results show that policies affecting the distribution of workers are more likely to decrease commuting, as opposed to policies aimed at altering the distribution of jobs. The model may be used as a strategic tool to guide land use decisions aimed at addressing jobs-housing balance, which may ultimately ameliorate the effects of congestion, emissions and related externalities.

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  • Mark Horner & Alan Murray, 2003. "A Multi-objective Approach to Improving Regional Jobs-Housing Balance," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(2), pages 135-146.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:37:y:2003:i:2:p:135-146
    DOI: 10.1080/0034340022000057514

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    1. Niedzielski, Michael A. & Horner, Mark W. & Xiao, Ningchuan, 2013. "Analyzing scale independence in jobs-housing and commute efficiency metrics," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 129-143.
    2. Raphael Bar-El, 2006. "Inter-regional labor market equilibrium: another pattern of spatial mismatch," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 40(2), pages 393-405, June.


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