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Employment, Education and Occupation Structures: A Framework for Forecasting

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  • Robert Stehrer

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    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

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This paper introduces a model for forecasting changes in employment levels and structures by sectors, occupational categories and educational attainment levels which is then applied to the new EU member states (NMS) and Bulgaria and Romania. The model is based on the following ideas As these countries face lower productivity levels as compared to the EU-15, the scope for technical change and catching up is quite large. Thus, if these countries converge to the EU-15 productivity levels at given trajectories, real income levels are also changing, which implies changes in demand and thus output structures by Engel curve effects. The latter are modelled as convergence to the EU-15 output structures. These factors, i.e. changes in productivity levels and output structures, in turn imply changes in the level and structure of employment. For making the forecasts we estimated the speed of convergence in productivity levels by sectors and the sectoral output shares econometrically from a larger country sample (including mainly EU countries). From these estimates and the initial levels, forecasts of convergence patterns for productivity levels and output shares are calculated, which are presented for the period up to 2012. A further decomposition with respect to occupational categories and educational attainment levels allows to forecast labour demand with respect to these groups.

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Paper provided by The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw in its series wiiw Research Reports with number 315.

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Length: 94 pages including 33 Tables and 14 Figures
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Publication status: Published as wiiw Research Report
Handle: RePEc:wii:rpaper:rr:315

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Keywords: productivity convergence; labour demand; employment patterns; occupations; skill demand; supply and demand mismatches;

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  1. Michael Landesmann & Robert Stehrer, 2002. "Technical Change, Effective Demand and Economic Growth," wiiw Working Papers, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw 22, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  2. Gouyette, Claudine & Perelman, Sergio, 1997. "Productivity convergence in OECD service industries," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 8(3), pages 279-295, August.
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  4. Robert Stehrer & Michael A. Landesmann, 2004. "Technology Diffusion, International Competition and Effective Demand," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 105(1), pages 23-46.
  5. Michael Landesmann & Hermine Vidovic & Terry Ward, 2004. "Economic Restructuring and Labour Market Developments in the New EU Member States," wiiw Research Reports, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw 312, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  6. Michael Landesmann & Robert Stehrer, 2005. "Income distribution, technical change and the dynamics of international economic integration," Economics working papers, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria 2005-13, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
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  8. Robert Stehrer, 2002. "Dynamics of Trade Integration and Technological Convergence," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 219-244.
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  1. Peter Havlik & Sebastian Leitner & Robert Stehrer, 2008. "Growth Resurgence, Productivity Catching-up and Labour Demand in CEECs," wiiw Statistical Reports, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw 3, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  2. Sultan, Muyed, 2008. "The Tertiary Sector Is Going to Dominate the World Economy; Should We Worry?," MPRA Paper 14681, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Andreas Breitenfellner & Antje Hildebrandt, 2006. "High Employment with Low Productivity? The Service Sector as a Determinant of Economic Development," Monetary Policy & the Economy, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 1, pages 110–135.

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