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Short Note on the Unemployment Rate of the “French overseas regions”

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  • Jean françois Hoarau

    ()
    (CEMOI, University of La Reunion)

  • Claude Lopez

    ()
    (University of Cincinnati)

  • Michel Paul

    ()
    (CEMOI, University of La Reunion)

Abstract

This article analyzes the hysteresis hypothesis in the unemployment rates of the four “French overseas regions” (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion) [FORs] over the period 1993-2008. We use standard univariate and panel unit root tests, among them Choi (2006) and Lopez (2009) that account for cross-sectional dependence and have improved performance when the number of countries and the time dimension of the data are limited. Our results cannot reject the null hypothesis of a unit root and so find evidence supporting hysteresis in the unemployment rates for the FORs.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 30 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 2321-2329

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-10-00293

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Keywords: Hysteresis; Unemployment; Panel unit root test; cross-section dependence; convergence;

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