Labour market adjustment in the Irish regions

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Title: Labour market adjustment in the Irish regions
Authors: Walsh, Brendan M.
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Date: Mar-1999
Abstract: The issue of how regional labour markets adjust to shocks has received increased attention in the context of EMU, yet relatively little is known about this aspect of the Irish economy. Using the methodology developed by Blanchard and Katz (1992) this paper explores the evolution of employment, unemployment, labour force participation rates and wage rates in the regions of the Republic. The extent to which regional employment growth is self-reinforcing, the degree of hysteresis in regional unemployment and the absence of convergence in regional wage rates is discussed. The response of regions to shocks in employment is explored by estimating a log linear system in region-specific employment growth, unemployment and labour force participation rates. The implications of the findings for Irish regional development are discussed.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Keywords: Labour market adjustmentRegional shocksConvergenceIrish economy
Subject LCSH: Labor market--Regional disparities
Ireland--Economic conditions--Regional disparities
Labor market--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
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