Researchers have examined strategies for attracting jobs to inner cities, dispersing
innercity residents to suburban jobgrowth areas, and creating transportation connections
between inner cities and suburban jobgrowth areas. However, little has been done
to estimate the extent of potential commute of nonworkers who are expected to become
active workers as a result of welfare reform. This study attempts to predict the
extent of nonworkers commute by using modeling techniques employed in labor economics.
Data from the 1995 Nationwide Transportation Survey are utilized. Conforming to theoretical
premises and logical expectations, the author estimates that mean commute time of
nonworkers is likely to be substantially lower than those currently working. Policy
implications of the empirical findings are discussed.