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Urban Population Growth and Job Opportunities: The Case of Albania

Mario Ҫurçija, Emirjeta Bejleri

Abstract


Demographic change is a complex phenomenon, but it has generally been accepted
that having better employment opportunities and quality of jobs are
among important factors that determine people’s mobility. The purpose of this
paper is to test the relationship between the increase in the number of people
living in urban areas and the job opportunities in these areas in Albania. In order
to do so, we performed a statistical analysis of a dataset on labor force surveys
for the time period of 2007-2013. Our findings confirmed a positive correlation
between the increase of individuals living in a certain area and job opportunities
for specialized occupations in that area; however, a significant relationship
was not found when job opportunities in general, in general, were considered.


Keywords


urban population growth, job opportunity, Albania, transition economies, demographic change, internal migration

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