The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 117–131 | Cite as

Labor and household mobility: efficiency and equilibrium

  • Matthias Wrede
Original Paper


This paper considers the allocation of resources when people choose separately their residence and the place of work. The purpose of the paper is threefold. First, it derives necessary conditions for an efficient distribution of workers and residents. Second, besides efficient allocations market equilibria are discussed. Third, the paper also develops a spatial model with local public goods and discusses within the framework the impact of local public goods on the distribution of people and vice versa.

JEL Classification

H41 H42 J61 R13 



I thank four anonymous referees and the editor for helpful comments. All remaining errors are my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Business AdministrationRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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