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Geographical Labor Mobility

What is 'Geographical Labor Mobility'

Geographical labor mobility refers to the level of freedom that workers have to relocate in order to find gainful employment that reflects their training and occupational interests. The European Union (EU) is most active in trying to increase its geographic labor mobility by helping qualified workers easily cross state and national boundaries to find "best fit" employment, so that it can ensure individual, corporate and national economic growth. North Americans, on the other hand, traditionally enjoy a high level of geographical labor mobility within their own country, but the immigration debate, the war on drugs and post-9/11 border restrictions have decreased labor mobility across national borders.

Explaining 'Geographical Labor Mobility'

Geographic labor mobility is used to qualitatively measure the ability for workers within an economy to move in order to find new or better employment. Increasing the potential geographic mobility of a labor force helps accelerate the economic growth of a nation or other organization. Governments focus on increasing geographic labor mobility by providing better transportation options, helping raise the standards of living, and advancing government policies that help with mobility within an economy.

Determinants of Geographic Labor Mobility

Root factors such as transportation options, standards of living, and other government-related policies are the main determinants in fluidity of geographic labor mobility. At the economic level, these determinants are specific to a region's size, distance and aggregate job opportunities. At the personal level, these determinants are specific to personal circumstances, such as family situations, housing issues, local infrastructure and individual education.


Further Reading


Transport Cost, Labor Mobility and the Spatial Distribution of Manufacturing Industries [J]
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Geographic Concentration of Labor, Industrial Geography and Regional DisparitiesGeographic Concentration of Labor, Industrial Geography and Regional Disparities
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Labor mobility in an enlarged European UnionLabor mobility in an enlarged European Union
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Relaxing Hukou: Increased labor mobility and China's economic geographyRelaxing Hukou: Increased labor mobility and China's economic geography
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The geography of financial literacyThe geography of financial literacy
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How does labour mobility affect the performance of plants? The importance of relatedness and geographical proximityHow does labour mobility affect the performance of plants? The importance of relatedness and geographical proximity
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Determinants of interregional mobility in RussiaDeterminants of interregional mobility in Russia
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A test of the Theory of Geographic MobilityA test of the Theory of Geographic Mobility
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Gone but not forgotten: knowledge flows, labor mobility, and enduring social relationshipsGone but not forgotten: knowledge flows, labor mobility, and enduring social relationships
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