The Integration of European Labour Markets


The Integration of European Labour Markets

9781848447615 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ewald Nowotny, former Governor, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria, Peter Mooslechner, formerly Oesterreichische Nationalbank and Doris Ritzberger-Grünwald, Director, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84844 761 5 Extent: 320 pp
Combining both academic and practitioner perspectives, this book provides authoritative insights into the integration of European labour markets against the background of increasing international labour mobility.

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Combining both academic and practitioner perspectives, this book provides authoritative insights into the integration of European labour markets against the background of increasing international labour mobility.

A wide range of contributions explore, in particular, the effects that labour mobility has had on the earnings and employment situation of individual households, on the effective supply of labour, and on the availability of skills in migrants’ home and host countries as well as on the size of income support through migrants’ remittances. Global and European trends and patterns are discussed along with related policy challenges – all with a special focus on European migration after EU enlargement – and the nexus between labour markets and trade integration.

This book will be an invaluable source of information for economists and other economic policy and European integration experts from central, commercial and investment banks, governments, international organizations, universities and research institutes alike.
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‘This selection of essays widens the scope for discussion on the design of national labour market and migration policies in the enlarged European Union. They provide some new evidence on recent development on labour market outcomes, and thus, contribute to the ongoing political debate on the economic effects of the enlargement of the European Union. . . it was definitely a gain to spend time in reading this volume.’
– Mathias Czaika, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik
Contributors: J. Arango, G. Bertola, H. Brücker, K.B. Budnik, P. Egger, G. Felbermayr, H. Kierzkowski, W. Kohler, R. Malý, C. Maier, V. Mintchev, P. Mooslechner, S. Nickell, E. Nowotny, W. Pointner, É.K. Polgár, D.M. Radulescu, D. Ritzberger-Grünwald, J. Saleheen, J. Woerz, K.F. Zimmermann


Introduction: The Successful Integration of European Labour Markets Matters
Ewald Nowotny

1. Labour Mobility and the Integration of European Labour Markets
Klaus F. Zimmermann

2. The Difficulties of Managing Labour Migration: Spain’s Experience in the European Context
Joaquín Arango

3. Can International Migration Ever be Made a Pareto Improvement?
Gabriel Felbermayr and Wilhelm Kohler

4. Do Stricter Migration Policies Deter FDI?
Peter Egger and Doina Maria Radulescu

5. Labour Mobility in the Enlarged EU: Causes, Constraints and Potential
Herbert Brücker

6. Polish Emigration to the UK After EU Enlargement in 2004: A ‘Natural Experiment’ for Testing the Rationality of Migration Choice
Katarzyna B. Budnik

7. Immigration, Occupation and Wages
Stephen Nickell and Jumana Saleheen

8. Emigration, Labour Shortages and Brain Drain in the New EU Member States: Some Descriptive Evidence
Radek Malý and Christoph Maier

9. International Migration and Remittances in the Balkans: The Case of Bulgaria
Vesselin Mintchev

10. Economic Integration and Labour Market Policy in EMU
Giuseppe Bertola

11. New Trade in New Europe
Henryk Kierzkowski

12. The Wage Effects of Economic Integration: A Sectoral Perspective in the Enlarged European Union
Éva Katalin Polgár and Julia Woerz

13. The Distributional Effects of Trade on Austrian Wages
Wolfgang Pointner

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