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Title:Integration and Labour Markets in European Border Regions PDF Logo
Authors:Niebuhr, Annekatrin
Stiller, Silvia
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:HWWA Discussion Paper 284
Abstract:Border regions are likely to play a critical role within the spatial dynamics initiated by the enlargement of the EU. This paper deals with the effects of integration on labour markets in border regions. Within the framework of different theoretical approaches, the effects of integration on labour markets in border regions are analysed. Furthermore, we investigate empirically the degree of labour market integration in European border regions. As indicators for the intensity of integration among neighbouring labour markets measures of spatial association are applied. Results of an analysis of per capita income and unemployment for the period from 1995 to 2000 point to a measurable spatial segmentation of labour markets between EU15 countries along national borders. On average, border regions in the EU are characterised by a lower degree of labour market integration with neighbouring regions than non-border areas due to significant border impediments that hamper equilibrating forces between labour markets on both sides of national frontiers.
Subjects:European Integration
Labour Market Disparities
Border Regions
Spatial Dependence
JEL:F22
R23
J61
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:HWWA Discussion Paper, Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv

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