Wiederhold, Simon Nedelkoska, Ljubica Neffke, Frank
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Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2013: Wettbewerbspolitik und Regulierung in einer globalen Wirtschaftsordnung - Session: Labor Market Policies and Job Loss A18-V1
The long-term earnings losses of displaced workers are substantial. We investigate the role of post-displacement occupational matching in explaining the cost of job displacement. We combine German administrative data on the work history of displaced workers with information on the task content of more than 260 occupations, providing a measure of skill mismatch between a worker's pre- and post-displacement occupation. We find that displaced occupational switchers suffer average wage losses of more than 8% over 15 years. However, displaced workers moving to occupations where they are initially underqualified quickly manage to return to their pre-displacement earnings path, and even gain from switching in the long run. Our preliminary results suggest that policy should encourage the requalification of displaced workers to occupations that are more skill demanding than their pre-displacement occupations.