In Search of Opportunities? The Barriers to More Efficient Internal Labor Mobility in Ukraine

30 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014

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Johannes Koettl

World Bank - Human Development Sector; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Olga Kupets

Kyiv School of Economics

Anna Olefir

World Bank

Indhira Vanessa Santos

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Abstract

Ukraine's economy lacks dynamism, and this is both the cause and the effect of people not moving across the regions. The rate at which Ukrainians move from one region to another within the country is only half of what would be expected in comparison with other countries. This paper examines the barriers that prevent workers from moving within Ukraine, using information from focus group discussions and expert surveys. It also offers recommendations for creating greater labor mobility in Ukraine through addressing institutional bottlenecks and defines five key areas for improvement, including the population registry system, housing and credit markets, vocational education and training systems, labor market institutions, and the social welfare system.

Keywords: barriers to migration, housing market, internal labor mobility, transition economies

JEL Classification: J61, J68, P25

Suggested Citation

Koettl, Johannes and Kupets, Olga and Olefir, Anna and Santos, Indhira Vanessa, In Search of Opportunities? The Barriers to More Efficient Internal Labor Mobility in Ukraine. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8631. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2529340

Johannes Koettl (Contact Author)

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Olga Kupets

Kyiv School of Economics ( email )

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Anna Olefir

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
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Indhira Vanessa Santos

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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