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Regional development of employment in eastern Germany: an analysis with an econometric analogue to shift-share techniques

  • Uwe Blien

    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesanstalt fü}r Arbeit , Regensburger Str. 104, D-90327 Nürnberg, Germany e-mail: {Uwe.Blien;Katja.Wolf}

  • Katja Wolf

    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesanstalt fü}r Arbeit , Regensburger Str. 104, D-90327 Nürnberg, Germany e-mail: {Uwe.Blien;Katja.Wolf}

We extend in this analysis an approach introduced by Patterson and suggested by Möller and Tassinopoulos. Our approach uses a generalization of an econometric analogue of the common shift-share method, suggested here as a new "workhorse" for regional analyses. The results obtained with this shift-share-regression, and with very differentiated data from the employment statistics of eastern Germany, show that processes of deconcentration play a role in explaining regional disparities, since inverse localization and positive urbanization effects are visible. The relevant processes can be understood by implementing approaches of "new economic geography", structural change and endogenous growth theory.

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Volume (Year): 81 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 391-414

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  1. D C Knudsen & R Barff, 1991. "Shift-Share Analysis as a Linear Model," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 23(3), pages 421-431, March.
  2. D C Knudsen & R Barff, 1991. "Shift - share analysis as a linear model," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 23(3), pages 421-431, March.
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