Geographical Labor Market Imbalances

Recent Explanations and Cures

  • Chiara Mussida
  • Francesco Pastore

Part of the AIEL Series in Labour Economics book series (AIEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Chiara Mussida, Francesco Pastore
    Pages 1-13
  3. Determinants of Regional Unemployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Chiara Mussida, Francesco Pastore
      Pages 17-35
    3. Alisher Aldashev
      Pages 107-118
  4. Agglomeration Economies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Roberto Basile, Cristiana Donati, Rosanna Pittiglio
      Pages 121-141
    3. Giuseppe Croce, Edoardo Di Porto, Emanuela Ghignoni, Andrea Ricci
      Pages 167-192
  5. Differences in Human Capital and R&D

  6. Regional Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Gianluigi Coppola, Sergio Destefanis
      Pages 307-333

About this book


This book focuses on the questions of how territorial differences in productivity levels and unemployment rates arise in the first place and why territorial differences in labor market performance persist over time. Unemployment divergence and unemployment club convergence have been touched on in a large number of works and have recently also been studied using spatial econometric analysis. In this book we aim to develop the debate to include several important new topics, such as: the reasons why structural changes in some sectors cause slumps in some regions but not in others; the extent to which agglomeration factors explain regional imbalances; the degree of convergence / divergence across EU countries and regions; the role of labor mobility in reducing / increasing regional labor market imbalances; the impact of EU and country-level regional policy in stimulating convergence; and the (unsatisfactory) role of active labor market policy in stimulating labor supply in the weakest economic areas.


Agglomeration Labor Market Imbalances Labor market flows Labor mobility Regional convergence Regional unemployment Structural funds

Editors and affiliations

  • Chiara Mussida
    • 1
  • Francesco Pastore
    • 2
  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuorePiacenzaItaly
  2. 2.Department of LawSeconda Università di NapoliSanta Maria Capua VetereItaly

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