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Determining the Labour-Market Areas of Cyprus from the 2001 Commuting Flows


  • Prodromos-Ioannis K. Prodromidis

    () (Centre for Planning and Economic Research [KEPE])


The article utilises the 2001 inter-municipal travel-to-work flows in Cyprus and for the first time delineates the country’s labour market areas (LMAs) on the basis of the 25% commuting threshold (the average used by EU member states in such studies). The findings suggest that the country consists of five economically integrated areas of over 40 thousand inhabitants as well as 26 somewhat isolated clusters of communities or individual communities that collectively host 14 thousand people (2% of the country’s population). Situated on mountainous terrain or along a meandering part of the buffer zone established in the wake of the 1974 Turkish invasion, most of these communities are incorporated into the main LMAs at the (lower) commuting threshold of 20%. The resulting spatial formations bear a rough resemblance to the country’s administrative districts. Overall, the findings enhance our understanding of how the country functions at the sub-national level, which, in turn, permits the formulation of better-targeted economic policy interventions.

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  • Prodromos-Ioannis K. Prodromidis, 2009. "Determining the Labour-Market Areas of Cyprus from the 2001 Commuting Flows," Cyprus Economic Policy Review, University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre, vol. 3(2), pages 57-72, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:erc:cypepr:v:3:y:2009:i:2:p:57-72

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    1. Dimitris Kallioras & Yorgos Kandylis & Nikos Kromydakis & Panagiotis Pantazis, 2011. "Definition of Local Labor Market Areas in Greece on the Basis of Travel-to-Work Flows," ERSA conference papers ersa11p75, European Regional Science Association.

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    Travel-to-work areas; regional and sub-regional economics;

    JEL classification:

    • J49 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Other
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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