Policies to address spatial mismatch

Donald Houston

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    Spatial mismatch between workers and jobs is of policy concern for two reasons. First, labour surpluses in some locations contribute to labour market disadvantage. Second, other locations may experience labour shortages which restrict economic growth. Spatial mismatch usually refers to mismatches within metropolitan areas in developed countries. Four broad policy responses have been identified in the literature: (1) promote economic regeneration in central/inner-city locations; (2) encourage residential mobility; (3) improve transportation; and (4) enhance job search. This article reviews the main policy responses to spatial mismatch, mainly in the United Kingdom and the United States.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
    EditorsSusan J. Smith
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0080471716
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2012


    • commuting
    • ethnic minorities
    • immobility
    • job search
    • labour market disadvantage
    • migration
    • racial discrimination
    • residential mobility
    • residential sorting
    • spatial mismatch
    • unemployment
    • worklessness


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