The Mobility of Displaced Workers: How the Local Industry Mix Affects Job Search Strategies

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Abstract:

Establishment closures leave many workers unemployed. Based on employment histories of 20 million German workers, we find that workers often cope with their displacement by moving to different regions and industries. However, which of these coping strategies is chosen depends on the local industry mix. A large local presence of predisplacement or related industries strongly reduces the rate at which workers leave the region. Moreover, our findings suggest that a large local presence of the predisplacement industry induces workers to shift search efforts toward this industry, reducing the spatial scope of search for jobs in alternative industries and vice versa.

CID Research Fellow/Grad Student Working Paper: 71
Keywords: Displacement, local industry mix, agglomeration externalities, matching, mobility
JEL codes: J24, J61, J64, R12
Last updated on 06/25/2019