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On-the-Job Search Behavior: The Importance of Commuting Time

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Using search theory, we show that job search effort is increasing and, under some conditions, convex in commuting time. We show that the effect of commuting time on job search effort levels may be small in case of uncertainty caused by future job and residential moving behavior. Thus, we provide a microeconomic explanation for the finding that commuters behave as if they are footloose. Our empirical analysis supports the behavioral implications of the model for the Netherlands. Surprisingly, we do not find any evidence that the effect of commuting time on search behavior depends on the commuters' socioeconomic characteristics.

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  • Jos van Ommeren, 1998. "On-the-Job Search Behavior: The Importance of Commuting Time," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 74(4), pages 526-540.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:74:y:1998:i:4:p:526-540
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    1. Roberts, Jennifer & Hodgson, Robert & Dolan, Paul, 2011. "“It's driving her mad”: Gender differences in the effects of commuting on psychological health," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 1064-1076.
    2. Lorenz, Olga & Goerke, Laszlo, 2015. "Commuting and Sickness Absence," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 113173, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    3. Gimenez-Nadal, J. Ignacio & Molina, José Alberto & Velilla, Jorge, 2015. "Excess Commuting in the US: Differences between the Self-Employed and Employees," IZA Discussion Papers 9425, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. 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.
    5. Tao, Hung-Lin & Huang, Chin-Hsiang, 2006. "Two-step on-the-job search--Evidence from Taiwan," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(6), pages 1014-1029, December.
    6. Kawata, Keisuke & Sato, Yasuhiro, 2012. "On-the-job search in urban areas," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 715-726.
    7. Nebiyou Tilahun & David Levinson, 2009. "The Role of Job Search Methods and Contacts on Commuting and Relocation Decisions," Working Papers 000062, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
    8. Yao Wu & David Levinson, 2005. "The Rational Locator Reexamined," Working Papers 200503, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
    9. Van Ommeren, Jos & Rietveld, Piet, 2005. "The commuting time paradox," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 437-454, November.
    10. Tilahun, Nebiyou & Levinson, David M., 2013. "An Agent-Based Model of Origin Destination Estimation (ABODE)," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 6(1), pages 73-88.
    11. Karlström, Anders & Isacsson, Gunnar, 2009. "Is sick absence related to commuting travel time? - Swedish Evidence Based on the Generalized Propensity Score Estimator," Working Papers 2010:3, Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute (VTI).
    12. Jos van Ommeren & Piet Rietveld, 2002. "Commuting, Spatial Search and Labour Market Bargaining," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-039/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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