Guillaume Wilemme


Guillaume Wilemme

Sciences Po Paris
Regional equilibrium unemployment with agglomeration effects

VC Salle A

Centre de la Vieille-Charité - Salle A

Centre de la Vieille Charité
2 rue de la Charité
13002 Marseille

Thursday, October 13 2016| 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Ugo Bolletta: ugo.bolletta2[at]
Mathieu Faure: mathieu.faure[at]


Patterns of unemployment considerably vary along the geographical dimension. In this article, I study the role of agglomeration effects on the dynamics of local unemployment. An original model of the regional labor market with search and mobility frictions is built. The impact of place-based subsidies and unemployment benefits crucially depends on the sign and strength of the agglomeration forces. With agglomeration productivity gains, negative regional employment shocks are amplified because profit opportunities deteriorate, inducing higher mobility out of the region. The model is able to reproduce the strong persistence of the shock on the unemployment rate and the region's size.