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Title:So many rocket scientists, so few marketing clerks: estimating the effects of economic reform on occupational mobility in Estonia PDF Logo
Authors:Campos, Nauro F.
Dabušinskas, Aurelijus
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3886
Abstract:Why do workers change occupations? This paper investigates occupational mobility and its determinants following a large unexpected shock (communism's collapse in 1989.) Our calculations show that from 1989 to 1995 between 35 and 50 percent of Estonian workers changed occupations (classified at one- and four-digits, respectively). Among the main determinants of occupational mobility we find firm tenure, labour market experience and returns to alternative occupations. We investigate the role of gender and ethnicity and find strong results for the former, with mobility mainly driven by push factors for males (returns to current occupations) and by pull factors for females (returns to alternative occupations).
Subjects:Occupational mobility
human capital
transition economies
JEL:J62
J63
J64
J23
C41
H53
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008121982
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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