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The Great Separation: Segregation at Work in Ten Countries

The Great Separation: Segregation at Work in Ten Countries
Speaker: Professor Olivier Godechot # Sciences Po
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13th Mar 2019 11:00 - 13th Mar 2019 12:00
6th Floor Staff Room CMB

Thanks to linked employer employee panel administrative database, we study the evolution of the probability of working in the same establishment for groups defined along several socio-economic dimensions —wage, occupation, education, age, gender, migratory status— in ten countries: Canada, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Sweden. We find that the most dramatic shift is the growing isolation of the top earners at work and the decline in their exposure to the bottom earners and vice versa. We then look at some of the consequences of growing separation at work on social cohesion. We find also that residential segregation is also growing, although slower than segregation at work, with top earners increasingly living in different municipalities than bottom and median earners. Work segregation and residential segregation are correlated. We show that the former contributes to the later.