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German Economic Review

Ed. by Egger, Peter / Balleer, Almut / Crespo-Cuaresma, Jesus / Larch, Mario / Osikominu, Aderonke / Wamser, Georg

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Volume 8, Issue 4


Labor Market Effects of Economic Integration: The Impact of Re-Unification in German Border Regions

Thiess Buettner / Johannes Rincke
Published Online: 2019-11-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0475.2007.00417.x


This paper exploits the significant reduction in impediments to labor mobility in the process of German re-unification in order to identify labor supply shocks in the West German labor market. The focus is on the quasi-experiment of the border removal in the regions situated at the German-German border that faced a massive increase of cross-border labor supply. The results indicate that despite a gain in employment, the border removal was accompanied by a decline in wages and an increase in unemployment relative to other West German regions.

Keywords: Economic integration; border regions; EU enlargement; German re-unification; difference-in-differences estimation

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Published Online: 2019-11-30

Published in Print: 2007-12-01

Citation Information: German Economic Review, Volume 8, Issue 4, Pages 536–560, ISSN (Online) 1468-0475, ISSN (Print) 1465-6485, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0475.2007.00417.x.

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