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Parental Proximity and Earnings after Job Displacements


Abstract: Young adults, ages 25 to 35, who live in the same neighborhoods as their parents experience stronger earnings recoveries after a job displacement than those who live farther away. This result is driven by smaller on-impact wage reductions and sharper recoveries in both hours and wages. We show that geographic mobility, different job search durations, housing transfers, and ex-ante differences between individuals are unlikely explanations. Our findings are consistent with a framework in which some individuals living near their parents face a better wage-offer distribution, though we find no direct evidence of parental network effects.

Keywords: Parents; neighborhood; job loss; adult children; networks; transfers;

JEL Classification: J64; J61; R23;

https://doi.org/10.26509/frbc-wp-201722

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Working Papers (Old Series)

Publication Date: 2017-11-29

Number: 1722

Pages: 75 pages