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Regionale Arbeitslosigkeit und Arbeitsplatzwechsel in Deutschland – Eine Analyse auf Kreisebene

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  • Antje Mertens

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This paper looks at the influence of regional unemployment rates on regional job mobility and firm switches. For that purpose we use data from the German Life History Study that includes detailed individual information and regional information about the place of work. This individual level data set is combined with unemployment rates at the level of German Kreise from the Federal Employment Offices. While many earlier studies did not find a significant impact of regional unemployment rates on mobility, we show that the reason for job switches has to be taken into account. When we do this, we find that regional unemployment rates influence job flows in two directions: voluntary switches decrease and involuntary switches increase. It seems that regional mobility is considered especially often if the alternative is unemployment. We therefore show that regional labour mobility contributes to equalizing regional unemployment rates in Germany, though to a relatively small amount. Copyright Physica-Verlag 2006

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  • Antje Mertens & Anette Haas, 2006. "Regionale Arbeitslosigkeit und Arbeitsplatzwechsel in Deutschland – Eine Analyse auf Kreisebene," Review of Regional Research: Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft, Springer;Gesellschaft für Regionalforschung (GfR), vol. 26(2), pages 147-169, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jahrfr:v:26:y:2006:i:2:p:147-169
    DOI: 10.1007/s10037-006-0002-3
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    1. Kilian Huber, 2018. "Disentangling the Effects of a Banking Crisis: Evidence from German Firms and Counties," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 108(3), pages 868-898, March.
    2. Christoph Kern, 2014. "Regional Structures and Mobility Dispositions: A Multilevel Proportional- & Partial-Proportional Odds Approach," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 681, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
    3. Fitzenberger, Bernd & Licklederer, Stefanie & Zwiener, Hanna, 2015. "Mobility across firms and occupations among graduates from apprenticeship," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 138-151.
    4. Anne Otto & Dirk Fornahl, 2010. "Origins of Human Capital in Clusters: Regional, Industrial and Academic Transitions in Media Clusters in Germany," Chapters,in: Emerging Clusters, chapter 5 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. Belit Saka, 2012. "Internal Migration of Ethnic Minorities: Evidence from Western Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 495, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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