Labor Markets, Education, Population

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

Project Duration

01/2016 - 09/2019 (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 Kamb


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


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.