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Divergence and long-run equilibria in Italian regional unemployment

  • Mauro Costantini
  • Claudio Lupi

The Italian labour market is characterized by large and persistent regional unemployment differentials. This study uses recent panel unit root and cointegration tests to derive the long-run properties of the Italian regional unemployment disparities. The empirical evidence suggests that the stochastic convergence hypothesis can be rejected. However, the existence of a long-run equilibrium relationship among regional unemployment rates cannot be excluded. Some possible implications of this finding are sketched.

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Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
Issue (Month): 14 ()
Pages: 899-904

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