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Job and Labour Force Flows in France: a Reassessment


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  • Claude Picart


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    Recent analyses of the labour market have focused on job and labour force flows. The size of gross job flows (job creation + destruction), in comparison with net flows (job creation - destruction), has contributed to the revival of analyses based on Schumpeters theory of creative destruction. It had so far been accepted that similar sized gross job flows existed in countries as different as France and the United States, which runs counter to the expected link between job protection and reallocations. This study took advantage of the possibility of tracking employees over two years using the Annual Statement of Social Data (DADS) to remove the artificial flows created by company name changes from the measurement of job flows. This adjustment halves the job flows, which are therefore clearly lower in France than in the United States. The same source provides almost exhaustive information for examining the relationship between job flows and labour force flows.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 412 (2008)
    Issue (Month): (October)
    Pages: 27-56

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es412b

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    Keywords: Job Flows; Worker Flows; Labor Market;

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