Labor Markets, Education, Population

Project: Worker Flows, Match Quality and Productivity – Evidence from European Micro Data

Project Duration

01/2016 - 12/2018 (finalized)

Commissioned by

finanziert aus Mitteln des „Leibniz-Wettbewerb 2016“

Project Team (RWI)

Prof. Dr. Ronald Bachmann (Chief), Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer, Rahel Felder, Dr. Hanna Frings (Chief), Rebecca Fehn

Cooperation

Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), Prag; Universität Aarhus; Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel; Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf; Europäische Zentralbank, Frankfurt

Summary

The project aims at analysing the influence of worker flows on productivity through the channels of worker reallocation and worker-firm match quality, and at studying the determinants of worker flows and match quality. In order to do so, we analyse worker flows between and within regions and industries for a large number of European countries, and examine the importance of match quality for productivity and wage differentials for two case study countries using linked employer-employee data. A specific focus is on the role of labour market institutions in this context. Finally, a theoretical analysis computes the potential gains from reducing costs of worker mobility.

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