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An analysis of the Graduate Labour Market in Finland: the impact of Spatial Agglomeration and Skill-Job Mismatches

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Keywords
  • J31 - Wage Level And Structure
  • Wage Differentials
  • E24 - Employment
  • Unemployment
  • Wages
  • Intergenerational Income Distribution
  • Aggregate Human Capital
  • J24 - Human Capital
  • Skills
  • Occupational Choice
  • Labor Productivity
  • R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth
  • Development
  • Environmental Issues
  • And Changes
  • O31 - Innovation And Invention: Processes And Incentives
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  • Education

Abstract

The recent history of Finland has been shaped by the rollercoaster of the 1990s when the economy went from deep recession to becoming among the most innovative and competitive within merely a decade. Economic recovery driven by the surge of ICT-related industries with the active support of the higher education system gave way also to growing inequalities among regions, especially within graduate workers. The paper elaborates an empirical analysis of the returns to education of a cohort entering the labour force between 1995 and 2005; our objective is to capture the extent of spatial and occupational determinants on income distribution as Finland slid from its most troubled to most prosperous times.

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