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Title:The Changing Demand for Skills : Evidence from the Transition PDF Logo
Authors:Commander, Simon
Kollo, Janos
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1073
Abstract:Transition has involved major job destruction and creation. This paper examines the skill content of these changes using a detailed three country firm survey. It shows that transition has exerted a strong bias against unskilled labour who have lost employment disproportionately. Moreover, job creation in new firms tends to be biased against workers with low educational attainments and skills. The skill content of blue collar work has also shifted upwards. Although there is variation across the sampled countries, these appear to be common features. They will have major longer run implications for the level and structure of employment and for inequality through the distribution of earnings.
Subjects:job reallocation
human capital
transition
Hungary
Romania
Russia
JEL:J21
P31
J63
J23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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