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Commuting costs and their impact on wage rates

Laird, James (2006) Commuting costs and their impact on wage rates. Working Paper. Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK.

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Using data from households across Scotland this research found strong evidence that wage compensation for commuting does occur, though this is only partial. The evidence also appears to suggest that compensation for commuting costs occurs entirely through the wage rate. Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that the marginal level of compensation varies by gender. A key finding of this study is that the complex interaction between wage rates, commuting costs, work and household location decisions and the value of travel time means that, through labour supply effects, transport policy has little impact on wages. The wage appears almost insensitive to transport policy measures as the behavioural response to such measures is to alter commuting distances.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright of the Institute of Transport Studies, University Of Leeds
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 23:07
Published Version: http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Identification Number: Working Paper 587
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2056

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