Regional Dynamics of Unemployment in Poland A Convergence Approach
In: The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement. A New Regional Geography of Europe?
In this paper we approach the regional unemployment dynamics in Poland. Using policy relevant NUTS4 level data from 1999 to 2006, we employ tools typically applied to income convergence analyses to inquire the patterns of unemployment distribution. We demonstrate that the unemployment rate distribution is highly stable over time, while only weak 'club convergence' is supported by the data and only for high unemployment regions. Results suggest no support in favour of either ? -type or ? -convergence analysis which indicates no general divergence or convergence patterns. Transitions seem to be slightly more frequent, but at the same time less sustainable for middle range districts, while movements up and down the ladder occur predominantly for the same districts. This analysis allows to define the patterns of local labour market dynamics, pointing to differentiated divergence paths. Importantly, these tendencies prevail despite cohesion financing schemes, which allocate relatively more resources to deprived regions.
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