Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Trade Union Institute for Economic Research

No 148: Structural Change, Competition and Job Turnover in the Swedish Manufacturing Industry 1964-96

Lars Lundberg , Linda Andersson and Ola Gustafsson
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Lars Lundberg: Trade Union Institute for Economic Research, Postal: FIEF, Wallingatan 38, SE-111 24 Stockholm, Sweden
Linda Andersson: Department of Economics, Umeå University, Postal: 901 87 Umeå
Ola Gustafsson: Trade Union Institute for Economic Research, Postal: FIEF, Wallingatan 38, SE-111 24 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The rate of inter-industry job turnover in Swedish manufacturing seems to be driven by the dispersion of profit changes among industries. Shifts in international competitiveness among industries played a central role for explaining this pattern. The rate of intra-industry job turnover among plants has been higher in industries with many small plants, low profit margins and high import penetration.

Keywords: Comparative advantage; market power; structural change; job turnover

JEL-codes: F10; J63

45 pages, December 4, 1998

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