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RELEVANT ASPECTS REGARDING LABOR FORCE MARKET IN THE CONTEXT OF POST-COVID-19 AND THE TERRITORIAL COHESION

Daniela Antonescu ()

Romanian Journal of Economics, 2022, vol. 54, issue 1(63), 5-23

Abstract: At global level, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic displays a general character affecting both humans and economies, under the current post-Covid conditions. At present, it is obvious that the effects of the crisis (either negative or positive, direct or indirect, on medium- and long term) are not well known.Thus, little is known yet about multiple other coordinates:time,magnitude,reactions at sectorial or territorial level,etc.In this mixture of unknown we find the individual regarded from the social (demographic-social) and economic(labor force resources) perspective. However, a series of obvious effects are identified by which the sanitary crises impact on the lives of people–from the personal one to the professional one. These changes might be considered as development opportunities but, at the same time, they might lead to increased socio-economic territorial disparities.Looking ahead, the pandemic accelerated the ongoing digital transformation of the UE economy, with teleworking and the use of digital technology becoming more prominent. Taking into account the fact that diminishing territorial disparities remains the strategic objective of the current territorial Cohesion Policy, the present paper attempts to provide an updated image on the effects of the pandemic crisis at regional level and regarding the state/existing trends on the labor force market.This article is focusing on resilience of labor at European regional level. The results of the analysis indicated the potential and the importance of labor forces in the context of territorial resilience and post pandemic Covid crisis.

Keywords: COVID-19; regional development; convergence/divergence; work force; mountain area; territorial cohesion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R10 R50 R51 R58 R59 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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