Does the Color of the Collar Matter? Firm Specific Human Capital and Post-Displacement Outcomes

12 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2008

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Guido Schwerdt

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Andrea Ichino

University of Bologna

Oliver Ruf

University of Zurich

Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

Johannes Kepler University Linz - Department of Economics; Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) - Department of Economics & Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Josef Zweimüller

University of Zurich - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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 workers. 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

JEL Classification: J14, J65

Suggested Citation

Schwerdt, Guido and Ichino, Andrea and Ruf, Oliver and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf and Zweimueller, Josef, Does the Color of the Collar Matter? Firm Specific Human Capital and Post-Displacement Outcomes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3617, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1214913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1214913

Guido Schwerdt (Contact Author)

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