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Training and industrial restructuring: Structural change and labour mobility in West Germany and Sweden

Tomas Korpi (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden)
Antje Mertens (Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 1 January 2004



While the structural changes that have taken place in the labour markets of the industrialised world over the past decades are well documented, less is known about how individuals respond to this changing environment. This includes the extent of intersectoral mobility during the work career, skill differentials in mobility, the impact of the type of training on mobility and changes in mobility patterns over a long period of time. Against this backdrop, the purpose of this paper is to examine intersectoral labour mobility during the first 15 years of working careers in Sweden and West Germany. The analyses show that individuals in both countries tend to move away from industry into other sectors during their careers, but that this tendency is rather weak. While there are some mobility differences among educational categories, the differences between transition probabilities of German apprentices and Swedish vocational school students are insignificant. In the face of the massive transformation of employment structures, the importance of variation in the curricula is probably minuscule.



Korpi, T. and Mertens, A. (2004), "Training and industrial restructuring: Structural change and labour mobility in West Germany and Sweden", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 90-103.



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