The Economist explains: How cheaper housing can boost productivity | The Economist

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/07/economist-explains-12?fsrc=nlw|newe|20-07-2015|

” One paper published in 2010 found that absenteeism among German workers would be 15-20% lower if they did not commute. If it were somehow possible to scrap commuting altogether, the British economy would see a productivity boost worth £12 billion a year, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a think-tank.”

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