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The incidence and consequence of worker displacement in Australia

Green, Colin and Leeves, Gareth (2003) The incidence and consequence of worker displacement in Australia. Australian Economic Papers, 42 (3). pp. 316-331. ISSN 0004-900X

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Abstract

This paper analyses displacement risk and its consequences for re-employment in Australia using data from the Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns (SEUP). We confirm overseas evidence that older workers and those from lower skill occupations are, in general, at a greater risk of displacement. By contrast, unlike US studies, no systematic link between tenure in job and displacement risk was found. Consistent with previous Australian research (Borland and McDonald, 2001) we find that males face a higher incidence of displacement than females. Decomposition of the gender difference revealed that industry effects are an important source of disparity in displacement rates. Analysis of re-employment hazards indicated that workers displaced from manufacturing faced increased periods of non-employment. Hence, it appears that there is a role for provisions to help workers in industries where the effects of structural reform have been concentrated (Kletzer, 1998).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Economic Papers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 31302
Deposited By: Dr Colin P Green
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2010 16:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 19:50
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31302

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