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Labor Mobility in Belgium : An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Provincial Employment Dynamics and Migration

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  • Candelon, Bertrand

    (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Statistik und Ökonometrie)

  • Hecq, Alain

    (Maastricht University, Department of Quantitative Economics)

  • Lohest, Olivier

    (SES Ministry of the Walloon Region ; UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES))

Abstract

In this study, a new two-step procedure is followed in order to investigate the degree of labor mobility in Belgium. The first step has led us to describe employment dynamics and to identify permanent and temporary employment shocks at a provincial level via a common trend-common cycle analysis. Then a causality analysis is performed. It reveals that migration flows are only little affected by employment shocks. Two features can nevertheless be exhibited. only permanent shocks in the Flemish labor market affect migration flows. Only border provinces (Limburg and Flemish Brabant) appear to be attractive for migrants after a positive employment shock.

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  • Candelon, Bertrand & Hecq, Alain & Lohest, Olivier, 2000. "Labor Mobility in Belgium : An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Provincial Employment Dynamics and Migration," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2000029, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvir:2000029
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    1. Muriel Dejemeppe & Yves Saks, 2002. "A New Light into Regional Unemployment Disparities in Belgium : Longitudinal Analysis of Grouped Duration Data," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2002019, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).

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    Keywords

    Common trend-common cycle; migration; labor mobility;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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