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Does the color of the collar matter? Firm specific human capital and post-displacement outcomes

Guido Schwerdt (), Andrea Ichino, Oliver Ruf (), Rudolf Winter-Ebmer () and Josef Zweimüller ()
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Oliver Ruf: University of Zurich, Switzerland, http://www.iew.uzh.ch/chairs/zweimueller/team/ruf.html

No 2008-01, NRN working papers from The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: We investigate whether the costs of job displacement differ between blue collar and white collar workers. In the short run earnings and employment losses are substantial for both groups but stronger for white collar workes. In the long run, there are only weak effects for blue collar workers but strong and persistent effects for white collars. This is consistent with the idea that firm-specific human capital and internal labor markets are more important in white-collar than in blue collar jobs.

Keywords: Firm Specific Human Capital; Plant Closures; Matching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J14 J65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-hrm and nep-lab
Date: 2008-09
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