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Employment Resilience in Europe and the 2008 Economic Crisis: Insights from Micro-Level Data

Justin Doran () and Bernard Fingleton ()

Regional Studies, 2016, vol. 50, issue 4, 644-656

Abstract: D oran J. and F ingleton B. Employment resilience in Europe and the 2008 economic crisis: insights from micro-level data, Regional Studies . This paper analyses employment resilience to the 2008 economic crisis using individual-level data from the European Social Survey (ESS) combined with NUTS-1 regional economic statistics. It models employment outcomes for individuals for 2002-08 and generates counterfactual outcomes for 2010 for individual-level employment assuming there is no recession. A resilience index, based on the difference between employment outcomes assuming actual economic conditions and a no recession counterfactual, is generated. Resilience varies substantially and is higher in German and French regions than in peripheral regions. Highly educated individuals, middle-aged individuals, unionized workers and men are more resilient.

Date: 2016
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