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Labour productivity and regional labour markets resilience in Europe

Elias Giannakis () and Theofanis P. Mamuneas ()
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Elias Giannakis: The Cyprus Institute
Theofanis P. Mamuneas: University of Cyprus

The Annals of Regional Science, 2022, vol. 68, issue 3, No 7, 712 pages

Abstract: Abstract This paper conceptualizes and empirically explores the resilience of European Union regional labour markets in terms of labour productivity growth. We assess the effect of pre-crisis region-specific factors on regional labour markets resilience controlling for the effect of exogenous technological change and substitution between capital and labour. Regional input–output models are developed to estimate supplies and sales linkages across the European Union NUTS-2 regional economies. Spatial Durbin Error Model estimates suggest that regional labour markets characterised by a higher level of economic pull capabilities of the Construction sector and a higher level of industrial concentration can better withstand the effects of the negative shock and recover faster. Place-based policies building on regions’ competitive strengths can smooth out the negative effect of the economic shock and accelerate the recovery of regional labour markets, while policy interventions promoting capital investment can further enhance labour productivity in European Union regions.

JEL-codes: C67 E24 R11 R12 R15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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