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Wage Formation, Regional Migration and Local Labour Market Tightness

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  • Fredrik Carlsen
  • Kåre Johansen
  • Knut RØed

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Empirical studies of regional wage formation and interregional migration routinely include the regional unemployment rate as indicator of local labour market tightness. However, these studies are usually motivated by economic theories that emphasize transition probabilities between unemployment and employment, and the unemployment rate is an imperfect proxy for these probabilities. We use a large micro data set to compute estimates of the rate of outflow from unemployment for 90 Norwegian travel‐to‐work areas. The outflow rates perform better than traditional measures of regional labour market tightness in panel data analyses of regional wages and interregional migration.

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  • Fredrik Carlsen & Kåre Johansen & Knut RØed, 2006. "Wage Formation, Regional Migration and Local Labour Market Tightness," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 68(4), pages 423-444, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:68:y:2006:i:4:p:423-444
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2006.00171.x
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