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Worker Flows, Match Quality and Productivity – Evidence from European Micro Data

The project aims at analysing the influence of worker flows on productivity through the channels of worker reallocation and worker-firm match quality, and at studying the determinants of worker flows and match quality. In order to do so, we analyse worker flows between and within regions and industries for a large number of European countries, and examine the importance of match quality for productivity and wage differentials for two case study countries using linked employer-employee data. A specific focus is on the role of labour market institutions in this context. Finally, a theoretical analysis computes the potential gains from reducing costs of worker mobility.

Project start:
01. January 2016

Project end:
30. September 2019

Project management:
Prof. Dr. Ronald Bachmann, Dr. Hanna Frings

Project staff:
Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer, Rahel Felder, Rebecca Kamb

Project partners:
Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Universität Aarhus, Europäische Zentralbank, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Institut für Weltwirtschaft an der Universität Kiel