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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Occupational specificity: a new measurement based on training curricula and its effect on labor market outcomes
Organization Unit
  • Christian Eggenberger
  • Miriam Rinawi
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed No
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Labour Economics
Publisher Elsevier
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0927-5371
Volume 51
Page Range 97 - 107
Date 2018
Abstract Text This paper proposes a new measurement for the specificity of occupations based on a content analysis of training curricula that we link to labor market demands. We apply Lazear's (2009) skill weights approach and test predictions on labor market outcomes derived from his theory. We find clear evidence of a trade-off between earning higher returns with more specific training and higher occupational mobility with less specific training. Our measure improves the micro-foundation of human capital specificity and provides an evidence-based approach to evaluate the specificity of training curricula.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1016/j.labeco.2017.11.010
Other Identification Number merlin-id:16252
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