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Is there regional lock-in of unemployment rates in Australia?

Best, Rohan; Burke, Paul


This paper assesses the persistence of unemployment rates across Australian regions to see if there is evidence of sustained disadvantage for some Australian regions. Using Australian labour market data for statistical area level 4 regions over 1999–2018, the paper finds that lagged regional unemployment rates have substantial explanatory power for current regional unemployment rates. This effect lasts at least 19 years, even after controlling for factors such as average income levels and the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Labour Economics
Access Rights: Open Access


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