Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 895–913 | Cite as

Labour mobility and regional disparities: the role of female labour participation

  • Sjef Ederveen
  • Richard Nahuis
  • Ashok ParikhEmail author
Original Paper


Unemployment rates, as well as income per capita, differ vastly across the regions of Europe. Labour mobility can play a role in resolving regional disparities. This paper focuses on the questions of why labour mobility is low in the EU and how it is possible that it remains low. We explore whether changes in male and female labour participation act as an important alternative adjustment mechanism. We answer this question in the affirmative. We argue that female labour participation is very important in adjusting to regional disparities.


Labour mobility European Union Panel data methods 


F22 J61 C33 



Comments by Ruud de Mooij, three anonymous referees and Professor Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann considerably improved this paper. Richard Crum, Jan Fidrmuc, George Gelauff, Joeri Gorter and Theo van de Klundert are acknowledged for comments on a previous version of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of Economic AffairsThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom

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