The Dutch Labour Market Early on in the COVID-19 Outbreak: Regional Coronavirus Hotspots and the National Lockdown

17 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2020

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Wolter Hassink

Utrecht University

Guyonne R.J. Kalb

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research; ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; IZA

Jordy Meekes

Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research; IZA

Date Written: September 30, 2020

Abstract

We explore the impact of COVID-19 hotspots and regional lockdowns on the Dutch labour market. Using weekly administrative panel microdata for 50 per cent of Dutch employees until the end of March 2020, we study whether individual labour market outcomes, as measured by employment, working hours and hourly wages, were more strongly affected in provinces where COVID-19 confirmed cases, hospitalizations and mortality were relatively high. We do not observe a region-specific impact of COVID-19 on labour market outcomes. The results suggest individual characteristics are more important, including the employee’s age, type of contract and type of job. The evidence suggests that the decline of the labour market was all due to the impacts from the government-enforced lockdown and higher virus case numbers did not reinforce this decline. This suggests that preventive health measures should be at the regional level, isolating hotspots from low-risk areas.

Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus hotspots, Lockdown, Employment, Working hours, Wages

JEL Classification: I15, I18, J20, J30, J64

Suggested Citation

Hassink, Wolter and Kalb, Guyonne R.J. and Meekes, Jordy, The Dutch Labour Market Early on in the COVID-19 Outbreak: Regional Coronavirus Hotspots and the National Lockdown (September 30, 2020). Life Course Centre Working Paper No. 2020-22, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3702133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3702133

Wolter Hassink

Utrecht University ( email )

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Guyonne R.J. Kalb

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research ( email )

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Australia

ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course ( email )

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Australia

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