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Employment effects of extended geographic scope in job search

Journal article
Authors Anders Boman
Published in Labour Economics
Volume 19
Issue 5
Pages 643-652
ISSN 0927-5371
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 643-652
Language en
Keywords Unemployment; Selection; Geographic mobility; Job search; Search scope
Subject categories Economics


This paper uses a unique possibility to link unemployed individuals' stated willingness to move for work with administrative data, giving us the possibility to analyse the effects of individual willingness-to-move on labour market outcome. Those with extended geographic job search area have a higher probability of finding a job. However, the greatest effect is found on the local labour market, indicating that it is not the extended geographic scope per se that increases the likelihood of escaping unemployment, but differences in unobservable characteristics between those who use an extended search area and those who do not.

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