No Youth Left Behind? The Long‐Term Impact of Displacement on Young Workers
23 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2013
Date Written: August 2013
We investigate short‐ and long‐term impacts on labour market outcomes of experiencing a displacement for young workers. The period under study is 2000–2009. The end of the observation period is characterised by a shrinking labour market, coinciding with the start of the financial crisis. The main merit of the study is the inclusion of a wide battery of dependent variables. In general we find sizeable short‐term effect on both unemployment and wage‐employment. Furthermore, the results indicate that displacement has a long‐term negative effect on wage employment. Part of this pattern seems to be masked by an increased likelihood of self‐employment. A positive effect on self‐employment is desirable from a policy perspective. Finally, among those who are employed in the final observation year, we find a small negative effect of displacement on hourly wages. This is solely explained by the foregone work experience of the displaced workers in the years after displacement.
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