Specificity of Skills and Reallocation

Giorgia Brunello, Pietro Garibaldi, Etienne Wasmer

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Abstract

This chapter discusses implications, from a European perspective, of the theory concerning the specificity of skill acquisition. It also discusses how institutions such as those giving employment protection induce workers to specialize more in sectors or occupations, as their expected horizon regarding job security is longer. Evidence of the large labour reallocation that Europe has faced, or is currently facing, both in the Eastern and Western countries, is presented, focusing on Poland and Estonia. The discussion also tackles how one can measure the degree of specificity of skills as well as skill obsolescence in periods of reallocation. The effect of macroeconomic shocks (the transition to a market economy in the early 1990s and European Enlargement in the late 1990s) on Poland and Estonia are also examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducation and Training in Europe
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191705786
ISBN (Print)9780199210978
DOIs
StatePublished - May 17 2007

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Poland
Estonia
Specificity
Reallocation
Labor reallocation
Enlargement
Market economy
Macroeconomic shocks
Workers
Employment protection
Job security
Obsolescence
Skill acquisition

Keywords

  • Education
  • Estonia
  • European union
  • Macroeconomic shocks
  • Poland
  • Reallocation
  • Skills specialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Brunello, G., Garibaldi, P., & Wasmer, E. (2007). Specificity of Skills and Reallocation. In Education and Training in Europe Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210978.003.0007

Specificity of Skills and Reallocation. / Brunello, Giorgia; Garibaldi, Pietro; Wasmer, Etienne.

Education and Training in Europe. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Brunello, G, Garibaldi, P & Wasmer, E 2007, Specificity of Skills and Reallocation. in Education and Training in Europe. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210978.003.0007
Brunello G, Garibaldi P, Wasmer E. Specificity of Skills and Reallocation. In Education and Training in Europe. Oxford University Press. 2007 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210978.003.0007
Brunello, Giorgia ; Garibaldi, Pietro ; Wasmer, Etienne. / Specificity of Skills and Reallocation. Education and Training in Europe. Oxford University Press, 2007.
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