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Functional labor markets in Belgium: Evolution over time and intersectoral comparison

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  • Damiaan Persyn
  • Wouter Torfs

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This paper applies the Bond and Coombes (2007) algorithm to construct Travel-to-Work Areas for Belgium. We study how these functional labor markets evolved between 1981 and 2001 and find that the number of distinct regional labor markets decreased over time. For 2007, sector-specic Travel-to-Work Areas are constructed. The results reveal that the size of a sectors labor market increases with its degree of technological intensity.

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  • Damiaan Persyn & Wouter Torfs, 2011. "Functional labor markets in Belgium: Evolution over time and intersectoral comparison," Working Papers VIVES Research Centre for Regional Economics 17, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, VIVES Research Centre for Regional Economics.
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    1. Pálóczi, Gábor & Pénzes, János & Hurbánek, Pavol & Halás, Marián & Klapka, Pavel, 2016. "Attempts to delineate functional regions in Hungary based on commuting data," MPRA Paper 74497, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Kropp, Per & Schwengler, Barbara, 2017. "Stability of functional labour market regions," IAB Discussion Paper 201721, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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