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Regional Unemployment in Poland: Rural-Urban Contrasts

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Ingham, Hilary; Ingham, Mike; Herbst, Jan

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Abstract Unemployment continues to bedevil Poland, albeit with striking sub-national differences, which this paper seeks to explain using random effects error component two-stage estimation for the country’s NUTS 4 level powiats. Given the economy’s peculiar configuration under communism, with its large private agricultural sector, emphasis is placed on rural-urban differences. While less densely populated areas do suffer higher unemployment rates, the effect is moderated by hidden unemployment in farming. On the other hand, powiats that housed the ex-state farms suffer a negative long-term legacy. Other notable results include an evident positive impact of foreign capital on local labour market fortunes.
Classification National Economy; Economic and Social Geography; Social Problems
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1175-1186
Journal Applied Economics (2009)
ISSN 1466-4283
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)