Labour mobility and regional disparities: The role of female labour participation

Sjef Ederveen, Richard Nahuis, Ashok Parikh

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Unemployment rates, as well as income per capita, differ vastly across the regions of Europe. Labour mobility can play a role in resolving regional disparities. This paper focuses on the questions of why labour mobility is low in the EU and how it is possible that it remains low. We explore whether changes in male and female labour participation act as an important alternative adjustment mechanism. We answer this question in the affirmative. We argue that female labour participation is very important in adjusting to regional disparities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-913
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • Labour mobility
  • European Union
  • Panel data methods
  • F22
  • J61
  • C33

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