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The Life-cycle Profile of Worker Flows in Europe: an Empirical Investigation


In this paper, we first provide a comprehensive account of the relationship between cross-country differences in aggregate employment and disaggregated differences in worker flows along the life cycle. To this end, we use survey micro-data for 31 European countries, and estimate the life-cycle profiles of transition probabilities across employment, unemployment and non-participation for each country. We develop a decomposition measuring the contribution of these transition probabilities to aggregate employment differences. We find substantial cross-country and cross-gender heterogeneity with respect to the role of worker flows between each labor market state.

JEL Codes: E02, E24, J21, J64, J82.

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unemployment, Employment, Labor Force Participation, Life cycle, Worker Flows, Labor Market Institutions