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The impact of international boundaries on Labour market area definitions

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Mike Coombes


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The definition of labour market areas provides a distinctive opportunity for academics to shape the boundaries used for government policies and the publication of statistics. The definitions depend upon the availability of data on commuting flows from national censuses, with the result that commuters crossing international boundaries are rarely included. Analysis of Belgian data illustrates the significance of cross-border flows in several parts of Europe. Current data collection policies make it impossible to monitor the growing integration of labour markets across national boundaries within the European Union.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Coombes M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 1995

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 46-52

Print publication date: 01/03/1995

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.