Spatial Mismatch


As William Julius Wilson notes, "For the first time in the twen­tieth century most adults in any inner city ghetto neighborhood are not working in a typical week." (Wilson, 1996, xiii). There are a number of competing hypotheses to explain the persistence of urban labor market problems for minority workers. These hypotheses can generally be classified into demand side and supply side explana­tions. Demand side explanations include discrimination, the decline in demand for unskilled workers, and the lack of jobs for inner city workers. Job unavailability is generally attributed to deindustrialization, occupational bifurcation (skills mismatch), and employment deconcentration (spatial mismatch). This survey ex­amines the recent literature on the spatial mismatch hypothesis, a research agenda that has generated a considerable level of empirical work for explaining the persistent problems of black workers.


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