Measures of labour market accessibility. What can we learn from observed commuting patterns?

  • Liv Osland Western Norway University of Applied Sciences https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2185-2192
  • Arnstein Gjestland Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Inge Thorsen Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Abstract

It is well known that measures of labour market accessibility explains spatial variation in housing prices even in markets with polycentric labour market structures. This paper examines whether data on observed commuting patterns can replace or supplement gravity-based measures representing the commuting potential at specific locations. We use data from a region in Western Norway,and we find that measures based on observed commuting flows and commuting time cannot replace a gravity-based measure of labour market accessibility. Based on, inter alia, the spatial Durbin estimator we find that measures of observed commuting flows increase the explanatory power of a hedonic house price model.

Published
2020-04-29
How to Cite
Osland, L., Gjestland, A. and Thorsen, I. (2020) “Measures of labour market accessibility. What can we learn from observed commuting patterns?”, REGION, 7(1), pp. 49-70. doi: 10.18335/region.v7i1.261.
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