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Dual Labor Markets, Urban Unemployment and Multicentric Cities

  • SMITH, Tony E.

    (Department of Systems, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)

  • ZENOU, Yves

    (CORE, Universite catholique de Louvain and ERMES, Universite de Paris II)

A two-sector model of urban unemployment is developed which focuses on the formation of a secondary sector under conditions in which a demand shock in the primary sector leads to a sharp increase in unemployment. The optimal location in the secondary sector (treated as a single firm) is shown to be at the edge of the city, giving rise to a multicentric urban spatial structure. Within this spatial setting, the main result of the paper is to establish conditions under which the new labor market equilibrium involves not only a decrease in unemployment, but also an increase in net income for those unemployed. These results are extended to the case in which all unemployment benefits are financed by local taxation of firms. In this context, it is shown that when taxation discourages entry of a secondary sector, there may be profit incentives for the primary sector to subsidize the entry of a secondary sector.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1996018.

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