137 - Regional Labour Mobility in the European Union: Adjustment Mechanism or Disturbance?

DNB Working Papers
Date 18 April 2007

We analyse the role of labour mobility as a mechanism for regional adjustment in Europe. We find that only a small share of migration can be explained by economic differences. Moreover, despite European integration and structural reforms, the role of labour migration in regional adjustment has not increased since the late 1980s. We conclude that regional migration in Europe currently acts as a source of disturbances rather than an adjustment mechanism. Key words: labour mobility. JEL codes: F2, J60, R1