So many rocket scientists, so few marketing clerks:
        Estimating the effects of economic reform on occupational mobility in Estonia

        with Aurelijus Dabušinskas

        Published in European Journal of Political Economy 25 (June 2009) 261–275  ( pdf )

        Why do workers change occupations? This paper investigates occupational mobility and its
        determinants following a large unexpected shock (communism’s collapse in 1989.) Our calculations
        show that from 1989 to 1995 between 35 and 50 percent of Estonian workers changed occupations
        (classified at one- and four-digits, respectively.) Among the main determinants of occupational
        mobility we find firm tenure, labour market experience and returns to alternative occupations. We
        investigate the role of gender and ethnicity and find strong results for the former, with mobility mainly
        driven by push factors for males (returns to current occupations) and by pull factors for females (returns to
        alternative occupations).

        Download working paper version:       IZA DP           CEPR DP

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