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Do changes in gdp influence commuting distances?: a study of swedish commuting patterns between 1990 and 2006
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2012 (English)In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, ISSN 0040-747X, E-ISSN 1467-9663, Vol. 103, no 4, 443-456 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several studies have analysed the relationships between individuals' commuting distances and individual characteristics, discrimination, societal structure and planning. Largely left unexplored, however, are the long-term relationships between changes in the economic cycle and the effects on individual commuting distances. Using regression analyses, this study focuses on the relationship between changes in GDP and commuters' response reflected in commuting distances. The empirical data consist of records of almost 12 million Swedish commuting events between 1990 and 2006. Results of the analyses indicate that changes in GDP growth rate have an impact on commuting distances, especially for younger workers, the recently unemployed and commuters in metropolitan areas.

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2012. Vol. 103, no 4, 443-456 p.
Keyword [en]
Commuting, GDP, local labour market, Sweden, local labour market area (LLMA), longitudinal study
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Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59713DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9663.2011.00697.xISI: 000307730600005OAI: diva2:563239
Available from: 2012-10-29 Created: 2012-09-25 Last updated: 2012-10-29Bibliographically approved

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