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Geographical labour mobility and cross-border labour movements between neighbouring countries

Tiiu Paas and Mart Kaska ()
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Mart Kaska: University of Tartu, Estonia

No 2, Gecomplexity Discussion Paper Series from Action IS1104 "The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation"

Abstract: The paper focuses on examining cross-border labour mobility between the neighbouring countries looking for the answer to the question whether cross-border labour mobility can pursue win-win expectations of increasing international labour movement after the EU eastward enlargement. The aim of the paper is to outline differences in the socio-demographic and employment characteristics of Estonian people who have worked in a neighbouring country – Finland and Sweden (East-West mobility) and Latvia or Russia (East-East mobility). The results of the study show that the possible consequences of cross-border labour mobility are twofold. Cross-border labour mobility can support economic development of both source and target country but also generate some threats of brain waste taking into account the sharp increase of lower-skilled jobs of people who are working in economically well-developed neighbouring countries.

Keywords: geographic labour mobility; neighbouring countries; cross-country labour flows; East-West and East-East mobility; Estonia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O57 P52 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2014-11, Revised 2014-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis, nep-geo, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-tra
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