TITLE

The Distribution of Economic Losses Among Displaced Workers

AUTHOR(S)
Swaim, Paul
PUB. DATE
September 1991
SOURCE
Journal of Human Resources;Fall91, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p742
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article comments on a study by Madden about the effect of demographic variables on the cost of displacing workers. The importance of having a comparison group of nondisplaced workers in estimating the effect of demographic variables on displacement costs was presented by Madden. The January 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990 Displaced Worker Surveys provide large random samples of displaced workers which are being used to study the labor market experience of displaced workers. Madden attempted to remedy this deficiency by estimating an earnings change model for displaced and non-displaced workers using a matched January 1983-1984 Current Population Survey data file and concluded that studies lacking comparison groups yield biased estimates. The author have argued that the econometric methodology employed in Madden's study was flawed and that the small ample of displaced workers in her matched data base represents a nonrandom sample of displaced workers.
ACCESSION #
4858919

 

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