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Work and Home Location: Exploring the Possible Role of Social Networks.

Tilahun, Nebiyou Y., and David M. Levinson.

Undoubtedly the transfer of information from person to person is a major part of many decisions. This project sought to discover if the observed arrangement of people into homes and jobs supports the hypothesis that local information transfer leads to a higher incidence of people living and working in close proximity to one another. The authors investigated the home and work locations of residents in different census blocks, with the goal of determining if people who live close to one another also work close to one another to a greater degree than would be expected at random. This article considers what features of particular neighborhoods are associated with comparatively higher incidences of people sharing work locations, and speculates about the possible role of neighborhood-level or workplace social networks on the choice of home or work location.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by a grant from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program. Additional funding provided by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota and by Techplan, a program of the State and Local Policy Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
38 (1): 19-21
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Reporter 38 (1)

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