Labour market adjustment in the Irish regions, 1988-2005

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Title: Labour market adjustment in the Irish regions, 1988-2005
Authors: Walsh, Brendan M.
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Date: 2006
Abstract: Following a preliminary discussion of various aspects of the Irish "regional problem", this paper examines the evolution of employment shares, unemployment rates, wage levels, and interregional commuting patterns in the regions of the Republic of Ireland since the 1980s. The evidence shows that all the regions participated in the unprecedented employment boom of the 1990s and that regional disparities in labour market performance fell markedly. Regional unemployment rates seem to adjust quickly to changes in the national rate. The reasons for the relatively successful experience of the Irish regions are discussed. It is argued that there is a need to re-examine the current concern with the regional distribution of economic activity in light of the paper's findings.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Economic and Social Research Institute
Journal: Quarterly economic commentary
Issue: Autumn 2006
Start page: 80
End page: 100
Copyright (published version): 2006, Economic and Social Research Institute
Subject LCSH: Labor market--Regional disparities
Ireland--Economic conditions--Regional disparities
Labor market--Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection
Economics Research Collection

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