Displaced Workers in the United States and the Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute DP 98-084/3

67 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 1999

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Jaap H. Abbring

Tilburg University - Department of Econometrics & Operations Research; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER); Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gerard J. van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Pieter A. Gautier

Free University of Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

A. Gijsbert C. van Lomwel

Center Applied Research, Tilburg University

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Ruhm

University of Virginia - Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: February 2, 1999

Abstract

This paper studies worker displacement in the United States and the Netherlands. We discuss the relevant institutions, and we analyze the incidence and consequences of displacement. In the 1993-1995 period, displacement rates in the US and the Netherlands are about the same, and vary similarly with tenure and gender. Also, we find some evidence that displacement hastens retirement in both countries. Finally, we do not find much evidence for adverse wage or earnings effects of displacement in either country. In the Netherlands, however, displaced workers may be more likely to move into alternative jobs directly, but, if they fail to do so, face longer re-employment durations. This renders an isolated comparison of wage discounts less informative.

JEL Classification: J60, J31, E24

Suggested Citation

Abbring, Jaap H. and van den Berg, Gerard J. and Gautier, Pieter A. and van Lomwel, A. Gijsbert C. and van Ours, Jan C. and Ruhm, Christopher J., Displaced Workers in the United States and the Netherlands (February 2, 1999). Tinbergen Institute DP 98-084/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=157208 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.157208

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Pieter A. Gautier

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Jan C. Van Ours

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