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Title:Workforce reorganization and the worker PDF Logo
Authors:Kriechel, Ben
Pfann, Gerard A.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5794
Abstract:In this paper we study the joint decision process of changing the structure of jobs and laying off individual workers in a firm that downsizes its workforce. A hierarchical decision model is proposed and estimated using personnel data from a firm in demise comparing the characteristics of the individual workers and the structure of the firm's labour force before and after its reorganization. Our results show that workers in jobs in the top levels of each skill group's hierarchy are better protected against downsizing due to larger productivity shocks and larger firing costs.
Subjects:hierarchies
restructuring
control span
job displacement
JEL:J63
J65
L23
L60
L93
M51
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201106224753
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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