Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2008:14: The importance of age 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: Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden
Ann-Christin Jans: Swedish Public Employment Service
Helena Persson: The Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations

Abstract: Using employer-employee data covering the whole Swedish economy over a uniquely long time period from 1986 to 2002, we examine how job and worker flows have been distributed across age groups. We find that job and worker flows vary by age groups, not only with respect to magnitude and variation, but with respect to direction as well. The differences between the age groups are mainly driven by the job creation rates. Further, estimating a multinomial logistic model, we investigate the importance of age for leaving, changing or entering a new employment. Even though controlling for a number of factors, estimated age effects are substantial.

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

JEL-codes: J21; J23; J62; J63

40 pages, November 2008

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISSN:1652-120X; ISBN:978-91-85619-38-2

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