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Locked in by Leverage: Job Search during the Housing Crisis

Abstract

This paper examines how housing market distress affects job search. Using data from a leading online job search platform during the Great Recession, we find that job seekers in areas with depressed housing markets apply for fewer jobs that require relocation. With their search constrained geographically, job seekers broaden their search to lower level positions nearby. These effects are stronger for job seekers with recourse mortgages, which we confirm using spatial regression discontinuity analysis. Our findings suggest that housing market distress distorts labor market outcomes by impeding households’ ability to move.

Type

Working Paper

Author(s)

Jennifer Brown, David A. Matsa

Date Published

2017

Citations

Brown, Jennifer, and David A. Matsa. 2017. Locked in by Leverage: Job Search during the Housing Crisis.

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