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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|17881||2004||17 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Comparative Economics, Volume 32, Issue 2, June 2004, Pages 248–264
This paper analyzes the evolution of regional unemployment rates, wages, participation rates, migration and employment in seven candidate countries for accession to the European Union (EU) in the 1990s. We compare these countries to a core set of EU member states and find persistent regional disparities in both regions. However, persistence of unemployment rates is lower in the first-round candidate countries than in the member states. Furthermore, in both first-round and second-round candidate countries, persistence in participation rates is lower. Migration seems to be an ineffective labor market adjustment mechanism. Wages react more strongly to regional unemployment developments in first-round candidate countries than in member states but they are slightly less responsive to national unemployment. Journal of Comparative Economics32 (2) (2004) 248–264.
Membership in the European Union (EU) places several challenges before the candidate countries. These countries will have to adopt the EU's acquis communautaire. In addition, they will become eligible for support from the structural funds and will benefit from the freedom of movement of goods, services, labor and capital in the common market. Each of these changes will have regionally asymmetric implications. For example, transfers from the Common Agricultural Policy will benefit agricultural regions primarily and the effects of adopting competition and environmental policy are likely to impact more on regions in which non-competitive and sheltered industries or environmentally hazardous productions are located. Similarly, the freedom of movement of labor and services will affect border regions more significantly due to commuting possibilities and the limited transportability of many services. This paper investigates the adjustment of regional labor markets of candidate countries to asymmetric shocks. Hence, we add to the literature on labor market adjustment in the United States (Blanchard and Katz, 1992) and the European Union Decressin and Fatas, 1995, Fatas, 2000 and Jimeno and Bentolila, 1998 in two ways. First, we provide evidence on labor market adjustment and investigate to what extent candidate countries are already market economies. Second, by analyzing different forms of regional labor market adjustment, we provide an empirical background against which the effects of EU-enlargement on regional labor markets can be discussed in countries that have been characterized by different institutions than those in established market economies. Analyzing labor market adjustments is particularly relevant with respect to the EMU membership of the candidate countries because joining a monetary union results in a country losing its autonomy over exchange rate policy. Hence, labor market mechanisms must be used to adjust to permanent shocks. To the extent that a loss in the real value of income denominated in foreign currency is socially or politically more desirable than increased unemployment, real wage losses denominated in national currency, migration or reductions in participation rates, there are risks of joining the EMU. Furthermore, to the extent that these forms of labor market adjustments differ amongst each other in their social or political desirability, the exact form of labor market adjustment will be relevant. The motivation of our analysis is that any adverse region-specific shock that is not accommodated by regional transfers or borrowing from other regions must be absorbed by wages adjusting to new equilibrium levels, by increased unemployment or by reduced labor supply in the region. The last form of adjustment can be achieved either by emigration from the region or by lower participation of residents. After a short description of the data and the results of previous research in the next section, section three focuses on the short run dynamics of regional labor markets by analyzing the persistence of region-specific shocks and considering the reaction of inter-regional migration to disparities in unemployment rates and wages. Section four considers wage adjustments and section five concludes by drawing some policy conclusions.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper we analyze the evolution of regional unemployment rates, wages, participation rates, migration, and employment in seven candidate countries for EU accession during the period from 1992 to 1998. We compare the results concerning regional labor market adjustment with those in EU member states. The evidence indicates that, in both candidate countries and EU member states, persistent regional disparities in unemployment rates, employment rates, participation rates, and wages exist. However, despite variations among countries, persistence of unemployment rate disparities is lower in the first-round candidate countries than in the current EU member states. Furthermore, in both first-round and second-round candidate countries, the persistence in participation is lower than in EU member states. In addition, migration rates in candidate countries are low and highly persistent, a substantial portion of this migration consists of churning flows and correlations of migration flows with regional disparities are small. Hence, we conclude that migration is not an effective adjustment mechanism in candidate countries. Finally, we find some evidence that wages react more strongly to regional unemployment developments, but are slightly less responsive to national unemployment rates, in candidate countries than in EU member states. Our results pertain to the experiences of the candidate countries in the 1990s; however, integration into the EU may change the institutions and thus adjustment mechanisms of these countries. Despite this and the low levels of internal migration, which require further research to explain their basis, we find little empirical support for the argument that regional labor markets are substantially less flexible in adjusting to regional asymmetric shocks in the candidate countries than they are in current EU member states. Furthermore, the evidence indicates that the candidate countries adjust to regionally asymmetric shocks mainly through higher regional wage flexibility, which in turn leads to lower persistence in unemployment and participation rates than in the EU. Interpreting these results from the perspective of EMU integration, the candidate countries may be deemed equally suited for monetary union as current EMU member states with respect to labor market adjustment mechanisms. In particular, the higher responsiveness of wages to regional labor market conditions suggests that candidate countries may find it easier to adjust to asymmetric shocks. However, this conclusion, depends on the assumptions that shocks in the candidate countries are equally asymmetric and equally persistent as are shocks in the member states, and that labor market adjustment mechanisms are not endogenous to integration into the EMU.