Reconsidering the Consequences of Worker Displacements: Firm Versus Worker Perspective

59 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2017

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Aaron Flaaen

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Matthew D. Shapiro

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Isaac Sorkin

Stanford University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

Prior literature has established that displaced workers suffer persistent earnings losses by following workers in administrative data after mass layoffs. This literature assumes that these are involuntary separations owing to economic distress. This paper examines this assumption by matching survey data on worker-supplied reasons for separations with administrative data. Workers exhibit substantially different earnings dynamics in mass layoffs depending on the rea- son for separation. Using a new methodology to account for the increased separation rates across all survey responses during a mass layoff, the paper finds earnings loss estimates that are surprisingly close to those using only administrative data.

Suggested Citation

Flaaen, Aaron and Shapiro, Matthew D. and Sorkin, Isaac, Reconsidering the Consequences of Worker Displacements: Firm Versus Worker Perspective (November 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w24077. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082259

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