Measuring Intra-Regional Labour Mobility and Migration

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ZEI Regional Integration Observer
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Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung Center for European Integration Studies
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One way to assess and monitor the deepe-
ning of regional economic integration pro-
cesses is by looking at the degrees of de
facto regional interdependence. Relatively
high and/or increasing degrees of the latter
can then either be interpreted as pre-con-
ditions for the further institutionalization of
the regional integration project, or as (par-
tial) results of regional integration policies.
While the relation between de facto inter-
dependence and institutionalization at the
regional level is thus to be seen in terms
of testable hypotheses, it is clear that both
are relevant aspects when studying regions
comparatively. Regional economic inter-
dependence can in turn be broken down
in different aspects. And although different
types of
ows between the interconnected
parts (countries) within an integration sche-
me are not the only intervening variables
(business cycle correlations or price cor-
relations e.g. are also relevant variables),
they are of course essential. In a Balassa
world, we would immediately think of trade
in goods (and services), capital movements
and labour mobility (migration), but
ows of
knowledge, communication and other hu-
man interaction could also be added