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dc.contributor.authorHealy, Joshuaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMavromaras, Kostasen_US
dc.contributor.authorSloane, Peter J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-15T07:52:04Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-15T07:52:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-201111213253-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/58729-
dc.description.abstractSkill shortages are often portrayed as a major problem for the economies of many countries including the Australian economy. Yet, there is surprisingly little evidence about their prevalence, causes and consequences. This paper attempts to improve our understanding about these issues by using econometric methods to analyse the Business Longitudinal Database, an Australian panel data-set with information about skill shortages in small- and medium-sized businesses during 2004/05. We use this information to: (1) explore the incidence of skill shortages and the business attributes that are associated with them; (2) identify which businesses face more complex skill shortages, as measured by the number of different causes reported simultaneously; and, uniquely, (3) examine how this complexity affects businesses' responses to skill shortages and aspects of their subsequent performance. We show that complex skill shortages are more likely than simpler (single-cause) skill shortages to persist and to trigger defensive responses from businesses. We reject the conception of skill shortages as a homogenous phenomenon, and demonstrate the importance of distinguishing between skill shortages according to whether they have simple or complex causes.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6097en_US
dc.subject.jelJ0en_US
dc.subject.jelJ20en_US
dc.subject.jelJ23en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordskill shortagesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsmall medium enterprisesen_US
dc.subject.stwUnterbeschäftigungen_US
dc.subject.stwKMUen_US
dc.subject.stwQualifikationsbedarfen_US
dc.subject.stwAustralienen_US
dc.titleAdjusting to skill shortages: Complexity and consequencesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn689999372en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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