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Spatial Mismatch through Local Public Employment Agencies? Answers from a French Quasi-Experiment

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  • Mathieu Bunel
  • Elisabeth Tovar

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Using the unanticipated creation of a new agency in the French region of Lyon as a quasinatural experiment, we question whether distance to local public employment agencies (LPEAs) is a new channel for spatial mismatch. Contrary to past evidence based on aggregated data and consistent with the spatial mismatch literature, we find no evidence of a worker/agency spatial mismatch, which supports a resizing of the French LPEA network. However, echoing the literature on the institutional determinants of the local public employment agencies’ efficiency, we do find detrimental institutional transitory effects.

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  • Mathieu Bunel & Elisabeth Tovar, 2015. "Spatial Mismatch through Local Public Employment Agencies? Answers from a French Quasi-Experiment," EconomiX Working Papers 2015-32, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
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    1. Guillemette De Larquier & Géraldine Rieucau, 2017. "Job ads: A public but targeted information. A French Labour Force Surveys analysis (2003-2012)
      [Les annonces d’offre d’emploi : une information publique mais ciblée. Exploitation de l’enquête Emplo
      ," Post-Print hal-01837156, HAL.

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    Keywords

    spatial mismatch; unemployment; public employment service; quasi-experiment.;

    JEL classification:

    • J58 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Public Policy
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock

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