Job search and commuting time

Gerard J. Van Den Berg*, Cees Gorter

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 degree of willingness to pay for commuting time. We use a unique dataset containing responses by unemployed individuals on the optimal search strategy to estimate this parameter without the need to rely on functional-form assumptions. We address specification errors in the model and measurement errors in the data. The results identify types of individuals who have a high disutility of commuting time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of business & economic statistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997


  • Limited-dependent-variable model
  • Reservation wage
  • Structural estimation
  • Unemployment
  • Willingness to pay


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