Despina P. DIMELLI

School of Architecture, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

The reason for the current paper was the concern about the way spatial planning confronts the settlements in Greece. As spatial policies mainly focus in the urban centers and the problems that these present, the question that was placed was how planning of all spatial levels faces the settlements, which assemble an important percentage of population and also face problems as abandonment, accessibility difficulties, and many others. The current paper attempts initially a recording of the spatial, demographic and productive characteristics of the Islander Greek settlements. In the second phase it examines the tools for the Greek islander settlements Regional and Urban Planning with the use of case studies, in order to evaluate planning’s ability to solve the problems these areas face. Through the research it is concluded the need for the creation of a “Settlements observatory” that will record all natural and anthropogenic characteristics which can lead to the formulation of specialized policies, adjusted on the settlements dynamics and the trends of their future development. The paper concludes that a specialized approach based on the use of specialized indicators is necessary; in order to plan areal units that require specified policies.
Keywords: islander settlements, spatial planning, Greek settlements
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Department of Economics, Universitas Islam Indonesia
Condong Catur, Depok, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55283, Phone number: +62811282632


Department of Economics, Universitas Islam Indonesia.
Condong Catur, Depok, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55283, Phone number: +628328034715
(Corresponding author)


This study analyzes the impact minimum wage policy and some economic factors on labor absorption in Indonesia. For this purpose, this research used provincial panel data for the period of 2006 to 2013. The study reveals that minimum wage policy across provinces has created unemployment trap in this period. It can be inferred that minimum wage policy failed to support the local economy to better and more stable society welfare. This research also found an unexpected result regarding to the role of economic growth to labor absorption. Economic growth across provinces has not contributed yet to the increasing employment rate in the local economy. Moreover, this finding reveals that provincial labor absorption was also affected by geographical factors. The provinces which are located at the west Indonesia tend to have high empolyment rate. This phenomenon indicates the existence of unbalanced development in the country.

Keywords: wage, employment, policy, investment, economic growth

JEL classification: C21, J23, J30, J31, J38

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