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Assistant and auxiliary nurses in crisis times: earnings and employment following public sector job loss in the 1990s
Abstract: This paper studies the earnings and employment
consequences of involuntary job loss in Sweden during the crisis years of
the 1990s among assistant and auxiliary nurses. These two occupational
groups were by far those in the public sector that experienced the largest
number of job losses. While public service employment traditionally has
been perceived as secure and permanent, Sweden witnessed far-reaching
restructuring of the public sector and job loss truly became a reality for
public sector employees during these years. The estimates show an immediate
annual earnings loss of on average about SEK 12 000 and long-term losses of
SEK 5 000 per year. An analysis of the distributional effect shows that the
job losses did not affect the whole earnings distribution but mostly the
lower part. This suggests that a few bore the whole loss from downsizing
but most went on unaffected at least considering earnings and employment.
From a policy perspective this points to the importance to early identify
these redundant workers and to develop targeted policies improving their
situation instead of general policies to all redundant workers.
Keywords: Job displacement; public sector; mass-layoff; earnings losses; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J45; J63; J65; (follow links to similar papers)
37 pages, January 19, 2011
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Eliason, Marcus, (2014), 'Assistant and auxiliary nurses in crisis times: Earnings, employment, and income effects of female job loss in the Swedish public sector', International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 35, No. 8, pages 1159-1184
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