Job accessibility, residential segregation and risk of long-term unemployment in the Paris region

Urban Stud. 2010;47(11):2279-324. doi: 10.1177/0042098009357962.


The research presented in this paper explores, in the French context, the hypothesis that employment problems experienced by low-skilled jobseekers are partially caused by spatial urban factors. Many low-skilled workers live in poor neighbourhoods where they are exposed to a distressed social environment and/or weak job accessibility. For reasons discussed in this article, living in such neighbourhoods may increase the duration of unemployment for jobseekers. On the basis of an empirical study, this hypothesis is tested in the Paris-Ile-de-France metropolitan area and addresses the question: all other things being equal, are low-skilled workers living in high-poverty neighbourhoods and/or neighbourhoods with low job accessibility exposed to a greater risk of long-term unemployment?

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Employment* / economics
  • Employment* / history
  • Employment* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Employment* / psychology
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Paris / ethnology
  • Poverty Areas
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Social Class / history
  • Social Identification
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Unemployment* / history
  • Unemployment* / psychology
  • Urban Health* / history
  • Urban Population* / history
  • Workplace / economics
  • Workplace / history
  • Workplace / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Workplace / psychology