Does new information technology change commuting behavior?

Our paper Does new information technology change commuting behavior written together with Sergejs Gubins and Jos van Ommeren is accepted in the Annals of Regional Science. It turned out to be nice paper with an interesting main message: commuting in total did not change under the advent of ICT. Our identification is interesting, albeit that it hinges upon a very strong idenfitication assumption. Apart from ICT trend in change of commuting do not differ amongst sector-job combinations.

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Valuation of Ethnic Diversity: Heterogeneous Effects in an Integrated Labor and Housing Market

Our paper Valuation of Ethnic Diversity: Heterogeneous Effects in an Integrated Labor and Housing Market written together with Jessie Bakens is accepted in the Journal of Economic Geopraphy. Jessie and I worked quite hard on this and I am glad that we got the results. The abstract reads as follows: >We estimate the heterogeneous impact of the scale, composition and consumer good-effect of ethnic diversity on individuals' job and residential location.

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Barriers of Culture, Networks, and Language

A new pubication is out in REGION with Zhiling Wang and Peter Nijkamp titled Barriers of Culture, Networks, and Language. A direct link can be found here, with the following abstract: Abstract Along with the increasing pace of globalization, recent decades faced a dramatically increase in international migrant flows as well. Compared to the flows of trade, capital and knowledge, we observe that contemporaneous complex institutional differences, historical backgrounds, and individuals’ diverse socio-demographic characteristics make the migrant workers’ choice of destination arguably much more uncontrollable.

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New Economic Geography model with R

New economic geography model with R Introduction Why some regions have more economic activiy than others depend on a variety of factors, including regions’ endowments, good policy and just sheer luck (oftentimes called path dependency). In the 1990s Paul Krugman constructed a model, the Core-Periphery model, that was able to model all these three elements. This model received quite some positive criticism (including a Nobel price), but still is rather complex in wielding it.

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Recent publications

  • Sergejs Subins, Jos van Ommeren, Thomas de Graaff (2019) Does new information technology change commuting behavior?. Annals of Regional Science. Abstract DOI Online
  • Otto Raspe, Martijn van den Berge, Thomas de Graaff (2018) Urban regions as engines of economic growth. PLB (planbureau voor de Leefomgeving), Den Haag, 3296. Abstract Online
  • Jessie Bakens, Thomas de Graaff (2018) Valuation of Ethnic Diversity. Heterogeneous Effects in an Integrated Labor and Housing Market. Journal of Economic Geography. Abstract DOI Online
  • Thomas de Graaff, Ceren Ozgen, Duncan Roth (2018) Varying Youth Cohort Effects on Regional Labour Market Outcomes in Germany. IZA discussion paper series, IZA DP no. 11932. Abstract Online  pdf
  • Zhiling Wang, Thomas de Graaff, Peter Nijkamp (2018) Barriers of Culture, Networks, and Language in International Migration. A Review. REGION, 5(1), 73-80. Abstract DOI Online
  • Wim bernasco, Thomas de Graaff, Jan Rouwendal, Wouter Steenbeek (2017) Social Interactions and Crime Revisited. An Investigation Using Individual Offender Rates. Review of Economics and Statistics, 99(4), 622-636. Abstract DOI Online

Recent and upcoming seminars

  • Regional drivers of growth. (30 May 2018) More info...
  • Regional Spatial Production frontiers. (25 May 2018) More info...
  • Regional Drivers of Growth. (31 August 2017) More info...
  • Look Who Is Talking (II). (15 June 2017) More info...