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The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement. A New Regional Geography of Europe?

Edited by Floro Caroleo () and Francesco Pastore ()

in AIEL Series in Labour Economics from AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro

Abstract: Until recently, regional labour market imbalances were considered transitory phenomena, a consequence of state failure in generating distorted investment incentives in depressed regions as well as of excessive labour market rigidities. Labour mobility and wage flexibility were at the core of the debate over the causes of and cures for regional labour market imbalances. This book bears witness to the changed perspective of research on these issues. In the recent literature, internal labour migration is depicted as a cause of further divergence between advanced and backward regions, as higher returns on human and physical capital are expected to be paid in those regions where these factors are already concentrated. The book contributes to the debate by presenting important new findings on: a) the reasons why structural change in some sectors causes a slump in some regions, but not in others; b) the extent to which poverty traps explain regional imbalances as compared to such other alternative factors as spatial dependence and nonlinearity in growth behaviour; c) the degree of convergence across EU countries and regions; d) the role of labour mobility in reducing/increasing regional labour market imbalances, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe; e) the role of an active labour market policy and child care facilities in alleviating the hardship of the weakest segments of the population.

Keywords: EU Enlargement; Labour Markets; Regional Economics; Regional Policy; Unemployment. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C21 C31 J5 J61 J63 J64 L72 P25 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-3-7908-2163-5.
Note: Published by Physica-Verlag Heidelberg.
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Chapters in this book:

Ch 1 Introduction , pp 1-13 Downloads
Floro Caroleo and Francesco Pastore
Ch 2 Structural Change and Labour Reallocation Across Regions: A Review of the Literature , pp 17-47 Downloads
Floro Caroleo and Francesco Pastore
Ch 3 Organized Labour and Restructuring: Coal Mines in the Czech Republic and Romania , pp 49-72 Downloads
Jan Bruha, Delia Ionascu and Byeongju Jeong
Ch 4 Labour Productivity Polarization Across Western European Regions: Threshold Effects Versus Neighbourhood Effects , pp 75-97 Downloads
Roberto Basile
Ch 5 Transition, Regional Features, Growth and Labour Market Dynamics , pp 99-147 Downloads
Enrico Marelli and Marcello Signorelli
Ch 6 Regional Dynamics of Unemployment in Poland A Convergence Approach , pp 149-173 Downloads
Joanna Tyrowicz and Piotr Wójcik
Ch 7 Spatial Distribution of Key Macroeconomic Growth Indicators in the EU-27: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation , pp 175-194 Downloads
Lucian Albu, John Polimeni and Raluca Iorgulescu
Ch 8 Internal Labour Mobility in Central Europe and the Baltic Region: Evidence from Labour Force Surveys , pp 197-225 Downloads
Pierella Paci, Erwin R. Tiongson, Mateusz Walewski and Jacek Liwinski
Ch 9 Spatial Search and Commuting with Asymmetric Changes of the Wage Distribution , pp 227-245 Downloads
Alisher Aldashev
Ch 10 Where Do the Brainy Italians Go? , pp 247-271 Downloads
Amelie Constant and Elena D’Agosto
Ch 11 Assessing Active Labour Market Policies in Transition Economies , pp 275-307 Downloads
Hartmut Lehmann and Jochen Kluve
Ch 12 Regional Female Labour Force Participation: An Empirical Application with Spatial Effects , pp 309-326 Downloads
Martin Falk and Thomas Leoni

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