Structural Adjustment and the Sectoral and Geographical Mobility of Labour

GEP Working Paper No. 2002/18

27 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2003

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David Greenaway

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Richard Upward

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Peter W Wright

University of Sheffield - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

Conventional methods for analysing worker flows often focus on gross flows or transition probabilities. This is not necessarily informative for identifying the scale of labour 'adjustment' in an economy in the sense of the expansion and decline of industries. We develop a method which relates the individual characteristics of workers to net, rather than gross flows. Our method also allows for interactions between the regional and sectoral mobility of labour. We apply this to the UK using data from the Labour Force Survey over a period of significant structural change, and quantify the relative importance of education and housing tenure on regional and sectoral mobility.

Keywords: Worker flows, sectoral adjustment, nested Logit

JEL Classification: J6, J61, C25

Suggested Citation

Greenaway, David and Upward, Richard and Wright, Peter W, Structural Adjustment and the Sectoral and Geographical Mobility of Labour (September 2002). GEP Working Paper No. 2002/18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=410720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.410720

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