Displaced Workers in Estonia

Paper presented at the International Conference on Transition Economics, Portoroz Slovenia 23-26 June 2001

Posted: 10 Aug 2001

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Hartmut Lehmann

University of Bologna - School of Economics, Management, and Statistics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Kaia Phillips

University of Tartu

Jonathan Wadsworth

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; William Davidson Institute; Royal Holloway College University of London

Date Written: June 2001

Abstract

We examine the pattern and costs of worker displacement in Estonia as the transition process develops. Using retrospective Labour Force Survey data covering the period 1992-1999, we show that the displacement rate in Estonia has fallen as the economy picks up and that the incidence of displacement is similar to that in the West concentrated on the less skilled and those with short job tenure. There is less evidence however of a wage penalty to job loss, unlike in the West, a fact which we attribute to the nature of the transition process.

Keywords: Displaced workers, labour markets in transition

JEL Classification: J6

Suggested Citation

Lehmann, Hartmut F. and Phillips, Kaia and Wadsworth, Jonathan, Displaced Workers in Estonia (June 2001). Paper presented at the International Conference on Transition Economics, Portoroz Slovenia 23-26 June 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=278999

Hartmut F. Lehmann

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Kaia Phillips

University of Tartu

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London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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