Risks, resources and rewards at the frontier of labor market change

How can we shape politics to protect those whose careers are most affected by the labor markets changes? This question is explored in this registry-based analysis of careers in young and innovative companies.

The groups in society that are dependent on low-skill jobs have been negatively affected by the emergence of the knowledge and service society, according to research on structural change in welfare states. Moreover, some economic research indicates that the firms that have the greatest and especially disproportionate impact on job creation are the so-called 'young' and 'innovative'.

This project combines insights from these two perspectives and analyzes the individual circumstances associated with careers in young knowledge-oriented firms. Are these careers unstable and associated with loss of income? How important is the correct education and experience for a career in these firms?

The design of labor market policies has a major impact on a worker's ability to navigate an ever-changing labor market. Its effectiveness depends on how much is known about the factors that determine the movements of individuals in expanding sectors of the economy.

This project will make use of administrative data linking individuals' careers to the firms they work in between 1986-2020 and conduct analysis that explores how labor market policy developments can be brought into better alignment with workers' needs.



Principal Investigator

Johan Westerman PhD, Sociology