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Employment limitations of peripheral regions: The case of Gozo

Reuben Ellul Dimech

No PP/05/2021, CBM Policy Papers from Central Bank of Malta

Abstract: Employment in Gozo is characterised by disadvantages due to the island’s geographical and transportation constraints. It also benefits from advantages linked with its geography – in terms of physical and environmental endowment - as well as the abilities of its workers. This study attempts to measure these effects on employment data, both at regional and sectoral levels. A shift-share analysis is carried out using data from 2000 to 2019, estimating a deficit in regional employment numbers with respect to the whole of Malta of between 1271 and 1948 jobs, with a further shift share regression indicating that employment in Gozo grew by 1.5% less than the national average. The performance of eleven sectors is assessed, with three sectors, (i) Professional, scientific and technical activities; administrative and support service activities, (ii) Real estate activities and (ii) Information and communication, appearing to have some innate advantages.

JEL-codes: R11 R15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pgs
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