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Unemployment disparity across regions

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  • David Gruen

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Bonnie Li

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Tim Wong

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

Abstract

The resources boom, globalisation and other global economic forces have raised questions about whether employment and unemployment outcomes in regional Australia have become more unequal. This paper examines how the dispersion of unemployment across regions has changed over time. Our results show that unemployment dispersion has narrowed as the aggregate level of unemployment has declined. This relationship has not changed over the course of the current resources boom and is consistent with similar outcomes in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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  • David Gruen & Bonnie Li & Tim Wong, 2012. "Unemployment disparity across regions," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 2, pages 63-78, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2012_2_4
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    Keywords

    unemployment; globalisation; resources boom;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • Q33 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Resource Booms (Dutch Disease)

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