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A New Regional Geography of Europe? The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargements

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  • Caroleo, Floro Ernesto

    () (University of Naples Parthenope)

  • Pastore, Francesco

    () (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli)

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This paper provides a critical overview and a detailed research agenda for scholars interested in regional studies with a special focus on old and new European Union member states. The focus is on the microeconomic foundations of structural change and its spatially asymmetric impact on labour markets. Structural change has been long neglected, but the availability of new data and the specific nature of economic transition in new member states has brought again this issue to the fore, suggesting that it might provide an explanation also of several typical features of regional imbalances in old member states. The literature provides theoretical reasoning and empirical evidence to confirm this.

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  • Caroleo, Floro Ernesto & Pastore, Francesco, 2007. "A New Regional Geography of Europe? The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargements," IZA Discussion Papers 2620, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2620
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    1. Marcello Signorelli & Enrico Marelli, 2007. "Institutional change, regional features and aggregate performance in eight EU’s transition countries," Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica 37/2007, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia.
    2. Peter Huber, 2008. "Regional Labour Market Disparities in an Enlarged European Union," WIFO Working Papers 309, WIFO.

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    Keywords

    regional unemployment; structural change; labour turnover; optimal speed of transition; EU enlargement;

    JEL classification:

    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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