Unemployment in the Great Recession: Did the Housing Market Crisis Prevent the Unemployed from Moving to Take Jobs?
American Economic Review
no. 3, May 2012
The labor market in the Great Recession and its aftermath is characterized by great difficulty in escaping unemployment. I present two empirical analyses of a particular explanation for that difficulty, that the housing market crisis has prevented the unemployed from selling their homes and moving to take new jobs. First, I examine post-job-loss mobility rates by home ownership status using data from the Displaced Workers Survey. Second, I examine mobility rates for unemployed homeowners and renters from the month-to-month CPS match. Neither analysis provides any support for the idea that the housing market crisis has reduced mobility of the unemployed.
Farber, Henry S.
"Unemployment in the Great Recession: Did the Housing Market Crisis Prevent the Unemployed from Moving to Take Jobs?"
American Economic Review,
Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital
Business Fluctuations; Cycles
Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
Housing Supply and Markets
Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers