Urban spatial structure, employment and social ties

Pierre M. Picard, Yves Zenou

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Abstract

Consider a model where workers from the majority and the minority group choose both their residential location (geographical space) and the intensity of their social interactions (social space). We demonstrate under which condition one group resides close to the job center while the other lives far away from it. Even though the two groups have the same characteristics and there is no discrimination in the housing or labor market, we show that the majority group can have a lower unemployment rate whenever it resides close to or far away from the workplace. This is because this group generates a larger and better-quality social network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-93
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Labor market
  • Network size
  • Segregation
  • Social interactions
  • Spatial mismatch

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