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A new classification of regional labour markets in Germany

Uwe Blien and Franziska Hirschenauer ()
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Uwe Blien: Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency
Franziska Hirschenauer: Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, 2018, vol. 11, issue 1, 17-26

Abstract: Abstract In Germany there are considerable disparities between regional labour markets. As local labour market conditions influence the success of labour market policy measures, they must be taken into account when the performance of employment agencies is compared. In its system of management by objectives, the Federal Employment Agency therefore uses classifications of employment agency districts based on a specially designed classification approach. This method is a quite powerful combination of regression and cluster analysis, because the types identified are relatively homogeneous not only with respect to the classification variables but also with respect to the response variable in the regression step. The method can be used to address a wide range of research questions.

Keywords: Regional labour markets; Labour market policy; Regional typology; Cluster analysis methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R23 R11 R50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s12076-017-0194-x

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