Are Labour Markets Necessarily ‘Local’? Spatiality, Segmentation and Scale

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Weller, Sally Anne (2007) Are Labour Markets Necessarily ‘Local’? Spatiality, Segmentation and Scale. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


This paper draws on recent debates about scale to approach the geography of labour markets from a dynamic perspective sensitive to the spatiality and scale of labour market restructuring. Its exploration of labour market reconfigurations after the collapse of a major firm (Ansett Airlines) raises questions about geography’s faith in the inherently ‘local’ constitution of labour markets. Through an examination of the job reallocation process after redundancy, the paper suggests that multiple labour markets use and articulate scale in different ways. It argues that labour market rescaling processes are enacted at the critical moment of recruitment, where social networks, personal aspirations and employer preferences combine to shape workers destinations

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
DOI Working Paper No. 32
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords labour market, Ansett
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