Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20309
Authors: 
Bornhorst, Fabian
Commander, Simon
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1074
Abstract: 
We look at the differences in regional unemployment rates in six major transition countries and their persistence over time. We analyse the role various adjustment mechanisms play. While movement out of the labour force seems to be one consequence in many regions with high relative unemployment, there are also signs of emerging wage flexibility. Employment creation, by contrast, has not picked up in regions of high unemployment. Labour mobility also remains very limited in size although it appears to respond to basic economic incentives. Policies addressing housing market imperfections and information asymmetries are necessary to increase worker mobility and to integrate better national labour markets.
Subjects: 
transition
regional unemployment
mobility
JEL: 
P2
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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