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Labour Supply Dynamics, Unemployment and Human Capital Investments

  • Wasmer, E.

In the last decades, the OECD labor markets faced important labor supply changes with the arrival of women and the cohorts of the baby-boom. Using a survey where workers declare their true employment experience, this paper argues that the supply trend can be equivalent to a trend of more inexperienced workers. The paper proposes to investigate the potentially important consequences of the dynamics of labor supply trends on the skill composition of the labor force, between-groups wage inequality and the level of unemployment.

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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 651.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:651
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