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Does labour mobility reduce disparities between regional labour markets in Germany?

Annekatrin Niebuhr, Nadia Granato, Anette Haas () and Silke Hamann ()
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Nadia Granato: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany]
Silke Hamann: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany]

No 200915, IAB Discussion Paper from Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany]

Abstract: "Differences in regional labour market conditions are still pronounced in Germany, especially between the Eastern and the Western part. Traditional neoclassical models imply that labour mobility should reduce disparities. In contrast, models that include externalities or selective migration suggest that regional differences might well increase due to interregional migration of workers. We investigate the impact of labour mobility on regional disparities in Germany between 1995 and 2005. Considering the impact of migration as well as commuting, effects on regional wages and unemployment are estimated. Our results suggest that labour mobility tends to reduce disparities; however, we find significant effects only on unemployment disparities." (Autorenreferat, IAB-Doku)

Keywords: regionaler Arbeitsmarkt; regionale Disparität; Arbeitsmigration; Arbeitskräftemobilität - Auswirkungen; Binnenwanderung; Lohnhöhe; Arbeitslosenquote; Arbeitsmarktindikatoren; Pendelwanderung; IAB-Beschäftigtenhistorik; Ostdeutschland; Westdeutschland; Bundesrepublik Deutschland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 J61 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2009-07-30
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-hrm, nep-lab, nep-mig, nep-tra and nep-ure
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Published in: Regional Studies. Journal of the Regional Studies Association, Vol. 46, No. 7 (2012), p. 841-858

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