Wages and Commuting: Quasi-natural Experiments' Evidence from Firms that Relocate

Ismir Mulalic, Jos Van Ommeren, Ninette Pilegaard

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We examine individual-level compensating differentials for commuting distance in a quasi-natural experiment setting by examining how wages respond to changes in commuting distance induced by firm relocations. This set-up enables us to test for the relevance of job search frictions within labour market models. Due to the quasi-experimental set-up, we are able to avoid a range of endogeneity issues. We demonstrate that a 1 km increase in commuting distance induces an almost negligible wage increase in the year after the relocation but a more substantial wage increase of about 0.15% three years later.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Journal
Issue number579
Pages (from-to)1086-1105
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes

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