Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2007:14: The importance of education for the reallocation of labor: evidence from Swedish linked employer-employee data 1986-2002

Marie Gartell (), Ann-Christin Jans () and Helena Persson ()
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Marie Gartell: Institute for futures studies, Postal: P O Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden
Ann-Christin Jans: Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Postal: SE-103 51 Stockholm, Sweden
Helena Persson: Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (SACO), Postal: P O Box 2206, SE-103 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Using employer-employee data covering the whole Swedish economy over a uniquely long time period from 1986 to 2002, we examine how job flows and worker flows have been distributed both on an aggregate level and across educational levels. We find that job and worker flows vary by educational level, not only with respect to magnitude and variation, but with respect to direction as well. Our results show that analyses that do not account for the educational level of workers can be very misleading.

Keywords: Linked employer-employee data; job and worker flows; education

JEL-codes: I20; J21; J23

52 pages, May 8, 2007

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