Geographical distribution of unemployment in Italy. An Analysis of provincial differences in Italy

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Abstract

Unemployment rates appear to vary widely at a subregional (e.g., local or provincial) level. Using spatial econometric models for spatial autocorrelation, this paper focuses attention on the spatial structure of regional unemployment disparities of Italian provinces. On the basis of findings from the economic literature and of the available socio-economic data, various model specifications, including different explanatory variables, are tested to investigate the geographical distribution of unemployment in the 103 provinces of Italy for the years 1998 and 2003. The results suggest that there is a clear explanation of unemployment differentials in terms of spatial equilibrium and disequilibrium factors and a significant degree of spatial dependence among labour markets at the provincial level in Italy. Provinces marked by high unemployment, as well as those characterised by low unemployment, tend to be spatially clustered, demonstrating the presence ofunemployment “persistency” in space and time regimes.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)649-670
Numero di pagine22
RivistaGrowth and Change
Volume38
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007

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