Thresholds for employment and unemployment: A spatial analysis of German regional labour markets, 1992-2000
This paper applies Verdoorn's and Okun's law to derive efficient estimates of the employment and unemployment threshold in the Unified Germany. The analysis is built on a disaggregated dataset of regional labour markets, where spatial dependencies are taken into account. Especially, a spatial SUR model is proposed utilising the eigenfunction decomposition approach suggested by Griffith (1996, 2000). The thresholds turn out to be unstable over time. However, minimum output growth sufficient for a rise in employment is below the level needed for a drop in the unemployment rate. If spatial effects are ignored, the thresholds seem to be markedly overrated. Copyright (c) 2006 the author(s). Journal compilation (c) 2006 RSAI.
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Volume (Year): 85 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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