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Efficiency wages, involuntary unemployment and urban spatial structure

  • ZENOU, Y.
  • SMITH, T. E.

The labor market model is developed within an urban spatial context, where it is shown that effeciency-wage policies can lead to significant levels of involuntary unemployment. Commuting cost differences between workers and nonworkers tend to increase unemployment, and competition for land tends to segregate workers and non-workers, with nonworkers relegated to the urban fringe. These findings are extended to a two-city system, where it is shown that even with free mobility of workers, significant wage and unemployment differentials can exist between cities characterized by different levels of productivity.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number -1171.

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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:-1171
Note: In : Regional Science and Urban Economics, 25, 547-573, 1995
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