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Why poor people do not move: job search behaviour and disequilibrium amongst local labor markets

Abstract:
A model of why people do not move between local labor markets is developed by means of a set of concepts derived from the job search and contracts literature. Emphasis is placed on how the environment, in which individuals behave, determines outcomes. It is argued that individuals act rationally, but that in a world of inequality rational behavior can reinforce disequilibrium and the perpetuation of spatial-economic inequality. A hypothetical example of two local labor markets is used to illustrate our argument.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1068/a150085

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SOGE
Sub department:
Geography
Research group:
Transformations: Economy, Society and Place
Oxford college:
St Peter's College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Pion Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Environment and Planning A
Volume:
15
Issue:
1
Pages:
85-104
Publication date:
1983-01-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1472-3409
ISSN:
0308-518X
Language:
English
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uuid:89dc284e-f2df-4377-be40-c48162626298
Local pid:
ora:1963
Deposit date:
2008-05-20

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