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INSEE highlights the negative impact of cross-border workers on growth in the Grand Est Region

According to a study by INSEE that has just been published, average GDP growth in the Grand Est Region is the second lowest among mainland France’s regions, after Burgundy- Franche-Comté: "In the region, per capita GDP totalled €28,300 in 2017, which was €1,200 lower than the average for provincial France. […] One explanation for this is the greater increase in the number of cross-border workers than of workers in employment.

Thus, in 1999, 143,000 of the region’s residents crossed the border to go to work, i.e. 6.6% of the employed workforce; in 2017, there were 177,000 cross-border workers, i.e. 7.9% of the region’s employed workforce. These residents working abroad, as well as those who work in another region, help to create economic wealth in these other territories, and only contribute to the GDP of the Grand Est Region through their spending."

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Skickades av Nathalie VERSCHELDE den tors, 04/07/2022 - 11:06

Very happy to read that INSEE is looking into the figures on this...  Interesting debate with many facets - some of which not very easy to tackle (e.g. fiscal compensation).   DG REGIO hopes to organise a conference in early 2023 on "Vibrant cross-border labour markets" where this could be debated and discussed.