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Job search and commuting time

  • Berg, G.J. van den

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Gorter, C.

We structurally analyze a job search model for unemployed individuals that allows jobs to have different wage/commuting-time combinations. The structural parameter of interest is the willingness to pay for commuting time. We use a unique dataset containing subjective responses on the optimal search strategy by unemployed individuals in order to estimate this structural parameter without the need to rely on strong functional form assumptions. We pay special attention to specification errors in the model and to measurement errors in the data. The estimation results identify certain types of individuals who have a very low willingness to pay for (i.e. a very high disutility of) commuting time.

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  1. Van Der Berg, G.J., 1991. "Wage Dispersion and Mobility," Papers 432, Groningen State, Institute of Economic Research-.
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