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The Costs of Displacement in Brazil

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  • Naercio Menezes-Filho

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This paper uses new data that combines information on workers’ education and earnings trajectories with information about their firms to estimate the costs of job displacement in Brazil. We find that high-tenure workers displaced from their firms during mass lay-offs suffer a long-term loss in monthly wages of about 20% per year. We show that this result is robust to different treatment of workers that leave the formal sector of the economy and is driven by the losses suffered by more educated individuals working in big firms at the time of displacement. We conclude that the displacement effects are the result of a combination of the depreciation of firm-specific human capital and the loss of a “good jobâ€

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings with number 200.

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Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ecm:latm04:200

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Keywords: Displacement; Wages; Human Capital;

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  1. Jovanovic, Boyan, 1979. "Job Matching and the Theory of Turnover," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 87(5), pages 972-90, October.
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  1. Kaplan, David & Martinez, Gabriel & Robertson, Raymond, 2005. "What Happens to Wages After Displacement?," MPRA Paper 3079, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Hoek, Jasper, 2006. "Life Cycle Effects of Job Displacement in Brazil," IZA Discussion Papers 2291, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Bruno De Paula Rocha & Márcio Issao Nakane, 2011. "Entries, Exits And The Resourceallocation: An Analysis Of The Banking Intermediation In Brazil," Anais do XXXVIII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 38th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 092, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].

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