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Title:Labour force paths as industry lingages: A perspective on clusters and industry life cycles PDF Logo
Authors:Maliranta, Mika
Nikulainen, Tuomo
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:ETLA discussion paper 1168
Abstract:We make several findings related to the dynamics of labour markets and industry life cycles in our analysis, which makes use of longitudinal employer-employee data that cover the whole working age population in Finland. Firstly, we find that across industry transitions of the employed are common. Secondly, employment transitions portray a network of industry linkages where specific industry clusters can be identified, as well as labour flow paths with long backward and forward linkages. Thirdly, most of the upstream labour mobility linkages are end up in the education industry, which thus seems to be an 'ancestor' of the most of the industries. On the other hand, we find eight totally isolated industries that had no distinct backward or forward linkages in the labour markets. Finally, we show that the labour flows are a significant indicator for industry life cycles.
Subjects:Employment transitions
industry clusters
industry life cycle
JEL:J23
J63
L16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ETLA Discussion Papers, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)

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