Multi-region job search with moving costs

Keisuke Kawata, Kentaro Nakajima, Yasuhiro Sato

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We develop a competitive search model involving multiple regions, geographically mobile workers, and moving costs. Equilibrium mobility patterns are analyzed and characterized, and the results indicate that shocks to a particular region, such as a productivity shock, can propagate to other regions through workers' mobility. Moreover, equilibrium mobility patterns are inefficient due to the existence of moving costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-129
Number of pages16
JournalRegional Science and Urban Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1


  • Competitive job search
  • Efficiency
  • Geographical mobility of workers
  • Moving costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies


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