EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Effects of restructuring at regional level

Research on restructuring often focuses either on the macroeconomic perspective – for example, shifts in the sectoral composition of employment - or microeconomic level – for example, the labour market outcomes for affected individuals. This project, completed in 2014, aimed to identify the effects of large restructuring cases at regional level and the regional capacities for dealing with such events.  Most large-scale restructurings have their strongest effects on the regions and cities or towns in which they take place. It is here that job losses are concentrated, that knock-on impacts on supply businesses and, in some cases, public services are most affected.

The project was based on secondary data analysis, a literature review and five in-depth case studies which covered restructuring in the Prato textile sector (Italy), the aviation hub around Hamburg  (Germany) as well as specific company cases involving Arc International (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France; glass manufacturing), Mura (Pomurje, Slovenia; clothing) and Saab Automobile (Trollhattan, Sweden; car manufacture).

The project report was published in September 2014. An executive summary is also available.