Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107476
Authors: 
Gimpelson, Vladimir
Kapeliushnikov, Rostislav
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8688
Abstract: 
This paper discusses the structural change in the Russian employment and explores whether the evolution of employment over 2000-2012 followed the scenario of progressive upgrading in job quality or brought about the polarization of jobs in terms of their quality. Jobs are defined here as occupation-industry cells and their quality is measured through relative earnings and education levels. Using detailed micro-data from a few complementary large scale surveys, we rank all jobs according to the earnings and educational criteria and divide these distributions into 5 quintiles. At the next stage, we explore dynamic changes in job quality and socio-demographic characteristics of workers in different quintiles. The paper rejects the polarization scenario and confirms the upgrading hypothesis.
Subjects: 
job polarization
job upgrading
job quality
employment restructuring
Russia
JEL: 
J31
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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