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Sectoral Structure, Qualification Characteristics and Patterns of Labour Mobility

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  • Carlos Iglesias-Fernández
  • Raquel Llorente-Heras

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The paper has two main objectives. First, to investigate whether workers show significant differences in labour opportunities. Second, to test the hypothesis that tertiarisation has important effects explaining it. The hypotheses are: (1) tertiarisation has relevant effects on the structure of labour demand by skills; (2) the labour opportunities of workers can be influenced by the skills developed in their previous jobs and their concordance between sectoral changes. From a methodological point of view, the approach implies a study of labour transition data of workers, sectoral change and its qualification implications. In order to research the previous argument, the authors analyse labour mobility within European countries. Therefore, data used in the paper come from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). All descriptive analyses have been carried out and the results from dynamic logit panel data model suggest that the relation of workers to tertiarisation and its implications -- approximated by their previous labour situation (sector and skill) -- are significant, explaining differences observed in labour transitions and its characteristics.

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  • Carlos Iglesias-Fernández & Raquel Llorente-Heras, 2007. "Sectoral Structure, Qualification Characteristics and Patterns of Labour Mobility," The Service Industries Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(4), pages 411-434, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:servic:v:27:y:2007:i:4:p:411-434 DOI: 10.1080/02642060701346607
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    1. Carlos Usabiaga & Pablo Álvarez de Toledo & Fernando Núñez, 2013. "Labour Market Segmentation, Clusters, Mobility And Unemployment Duration With Individual Microdata," EcoMod2013 5688, EcoMod.
    2. Carlos Usabiaga & Fernando Núñez & Pablo Álvarez de Toledo, 2013. "Segmentación del mercado de trabajo, clusters, movilidad y duración de desempleo con datos individuales," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2013/02, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
    3. Álvarez de Toledo, Pablo & Núñez, Fernando & Usabiaga, Carlos, 2014. "An empirical approach on labour segmentation. Applications with individual duration data," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 252-267.
    4. Gary Akehurst, 2008. "What do we really know about services?," Service Business, Springer;Pan-Pacific Business Association, pages 1-15.

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