Causes of labour supply and demand mismatches in the Dutch building trades

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Abstract

In this paper the significance of some hypotheses on possible causes of labour supply and demand mismatches is tested on data of the dutch building trades by means of a uv analysis. In contrast with most other uv research this study does not refer to a search-theoretical framework, but focuses on skill differences between labour supply and demand. Three significant causes of labour market frictions appear to be: the development of the skill composition of labour demand, the apprenticeship possibilities and the relatively high wages of older workers. Some other hypotheses show weakly significant results: bumping-down processes, reschooling of unemployed older workers and the development of secondary labour market segments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-200
Number of pages17
JournalDe Economist
Volume135
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

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