Bahia, Luiz Dias Coelho, Danilo Silva, Alexandre Messa Soares, Sergei
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Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 1406
This article measures the evolution of segregation by skill level among firms in the Brazilian formal labor market from 1996 to 2005. We define segregation as firms having a labor force composition by skill different from the labor market as a whole. We measure segregation using four different indicators for skill level: educational attainment, wages, job tenure, and age. Our main result is that, in contrasts to what has been observed in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, there is a reduction of educational segregation. This is a widespread phenomenon that can be observed in all five of Brazil`s regions.