Italy - Analysis of labour market disparities - December 31, 2017

In an interesting paper, the labour market development in the period 2000-2016 is analysed. After a sizable negative shock from the double-dip recession a moderate recovery began in 2014. However, unemployment remains higher than pre-crisis levels, especially for young workers. The authors pinpoint the regional heterogeneity that is still high, with the stagnating south unable to catch up with the north. The south has experienced a more pronounced relative decrease in public sector real wages as well as a lower increase in private sector real wages due to different inflation dynamics. Given the strong economic heterogeneity between regions, the same collectively bargained wage might have different purchasing power in the north, the centre, and the south. Real earnings are increasing, but productivity is stable at relatively low levels compared to other European countries. Undeclared employment is still high, especially in the south.

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