The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement

A New Regional Geography of Europe?

  • Floro Ernesto Caroleo
  • Francesco Pastore

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. An Overview of the Main Issues and the Role of Structural Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 16-16
    2. Floro Ernesto Caroleo, Francesco Pastore
      Pages 1-13
    3. Jan Bruha, Delia Ionascu, Byeongju Jeong
      Pages 49-72
  3. New Evidence on Spatial Convergence

  4. Is Migration Reinforcing Regional Unemployment Differences?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 196-196
    2. Pierella Paci, Erwin R. Tiongson, Mateusz Walewski, Jacek Liwiński
      Pages 197-225
    3. Amelie F. Constant, Elena D’Agosto
      Pages 247-271
  5. Some Policy Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 274-274
    2. Hartmut Lehmann, Jochen Kluve
      Pages 275-307
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-342

About this book


Until recently, regional labour market imbalances were considered transitory phenomena, a consequence of state failure in generating distorted investment incentives in depressed regions as well as of excessive labour market rigidities. Labour mobility and wage flexibility were at the core of the debate over the causes of and cures for regional labour market imbalances. This book bears witness to the changed perspective of research on these issues. In the recent literature, internal labour migration is depicted as a cause of further divergence between advanced and backward regions, as higher returns on human and physical capital are expected to be paid in those regions where these factors are already concentrated.

The book contributes to the debate by presenting important new findings on: a) the reasons why structural change in some sectors causes a slump in some regions, but not in others; b) the extent to which poverty traps explain regional imbalances as compared to such other alternative factors as spatial dependence and nonlinearity in growth behaviour; c) the degree of convergence across EU countries and regions; d) the role of labour mobility in reducing/increasing regional labour market imbalances, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe; e) and the role of an active labour market policy and child care facilities in alleviating the hardship of the weakest segments of the population.


Central and Eastern Europe EU Enlargement Eastern Europe Labour Markets Regional Economics Regional Policy Structural Change Unemployment

Editors and affiliations

  • Floro Ernesto Caroleo
    • 1
  • Francesco Pastore
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. EconomiaUniversità Napoli ParthenopeNapoliItaly
  2. 2.Dipto. Discipline GiuspubblicisticheSeconda Università di NapoliSanta Maria Capua VetereItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Physica-Verlag HD
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-2163-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7908-2164-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-916X
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