Research Project: An Empirical Analysis of Structural Changes and Labour Market Mobility
Labour markets are being reshaped by several major structural changes. Technological change, (de)globalisation, population ageing, immigration and the green transition have a major impact on the demand and supply of labour. For example, automation and decarbonisation will make certain jobs and tasks obsolete, but create demand for new jobs and tasks at the same time. This dynamic process increases the need for firms and workers to be flexible, and the need for re- and upskilling. This raises distributional concerns as well. Automation and green initiatives affects low, intermediate and high skilled workers differently. These groups also face different challenges when it comes to re- and upskilling. While these processes have been affecting labour markets for some time, there is still relatively little evidence on their interplay with job and worker flows.
The aim of this project is to analyse the impact of the aforementioned major societal transitions on the labour market, with a focus on job and worker mobility from old to new occupations and sectors. The project has two main subthemes: 1) long-run effects of occupational and sectoral mobility, 2) worker mobility and the green transition. The first subtheme has a broader and historical focus, and aims at analysing different forms of job mobility and their labour market implications for different groups of workers and firms over the last decades. The second subtheme is more forward-looking, and focusses on mobility between green and brown jobs in the context of the green transition. In your analysis you will be using both administrative data and survey data from Statistics Netherlands and administrative and survey data for European countries, such as the European Labour Force Survey and/or EU-SILC, and apply state-of-the-art empirical techniques.The position comprises the following tasks:
- Conduct innovative research on the topic of major structural changes and labour market mobility;
- Write a PhD Thesis;
- Submit research results for publication in academic journals;
- Present papers at international conferences;
- Participate in seminars, workshops and conferences;
- Actively disseminate research findings to both academic and non-academic audiences;
- Teach in the programmes of the Department of Economics;
- Follow PhD courses based on an individual training plan.