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The Evolution of Commuting Patterns in the New York City Metro Area
October 2005 Volume 11, Number 10
JEL classification: R1, R2, R3

Authors: Jason Bram and Alisdair McKay

Has the migration of jobs to the suburbs changed the commuting patterns in the New York City metro area? An analysis of current commuting trends suggests that Manhattan remains the region's undisputed employment center and that workers are actually traveling farther to their jobs. Two factors appear to account for the longer commutes: the dispersion of people and jobs and a greater tolerance for long-distance travel among employers and employees.

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