Agglomeration, Growth, and Adjustment

A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Regional Labor Markets in Germany

  • Thiess Büttner

Part of the ZEW Economic Studies book series (ZEW, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 1-13
  3. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 15-48
  4. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 49-79
  5. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 81-100
  6. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 101-120
  7. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 121-150
  8. Thiess Büttner
    Pages 151-154
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 155-207

About this book


By means of theoretical and empirical analysis agglomeration economies as localized returns to scale are established as the basic source of economic disparity. The central implication for the labor market is the resulting path dependency of the spatial employment pattern. As an empirical investigation of migration within Germany documents strong regional segmentation in the short run, local wage formation is of particular importance for the adjustment process in response to changes of the spatial employment pattern. However, a theoretical discussion shows that in the German setting with centralized wage bargaining local wages tends to be inflexible. This view is supported by an empirical investigation of the spatial wage structure in Germany using district data.


Migration Regional Labour Market agglomeration employment employment growth labor market labor markets regional development regional policy regionaler Arbeitsmarkt unemployment

Authors and affiliations

  • Thiess Büttner
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)MannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Physica, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-1160-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-51188-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1615-6781
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-2027
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