Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/48218
Authors: 
Zierahn, Ulrich
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
HWWI Research paper 105
Abstract: 
Regional labor markets are characterized by huge disparities. The literature on the wage curve argues that there exists a negative relationship between unemployment and wages. However, this literature cannot explain how disparities of these variables between regions endogenously arise. In contrast, the New Economic Geography analyzes how disparities of regional goods markets endogenously arise, but usually ignores unemployment. Therefore, this paper discusses regional unemployment disparities by introducing efficiency wages into the New Economic Geography. This model shows how disparities of regional goods and labor markets endogenously arise through the interplay of increasing returns to scale, transport costs and migration.
Subjects: 
regional unemployment
new economic geography
core-periphery
wage curve
labor migration
JEL: 
J64
R12
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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