Yaroslav Yakymovych defends his thesis "Workers and Occupations in a Changing Labour Market: The Heterogeneous Effects of Mass Layoffs and Social Safety Nets"
On Thursday the 6th of October, Yaroslav Yakymovych defends his thesis "Workers and Occupations in a Changing Labour Market: The Heterogeneous Effects of Mass Layoffs and Social Safety Nets" at 15.15 pm in lecture hall 2 at Ekonomikum. Welcome!
The thesis consists of four standalone essays in labour economics. Using Swedish data, the essays study how workers fare in a labour market which undergoes structural change. The emphasis is especially on those who are likely to lose out, such as workers in occupations which are being replaced by technology, and those displaced from their jobs when firms close down. The thesis contributes to the literature by deepening understanding of how disadvantaged workers fare when the economy’s structure changes, and by applying machine learning to comprehensively analyse questions in a way that is not possible using traditional methods. Suggestions for economic policy design include using machine learning to target policies towards displaced workers, as well as to target monitoring efforts in the sickness insurance system.
Discussant is Professor Michael Lechner, University of St. Gallen, Schwitzerland. The grading comittee member are Professor Mårten Palme, Department of Economics, Stockholm University, Professor Karl-Oskar Lindgren, Department of Government, Uppsala University and Professor Lena Hensvik, Department of Economics, Uppsala University.
Advisors are Associate Professor Stefan Eriksson, Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Assistant professor Georg Graetz, Department of Economics, Uppsala University and Researcher Adrian Adermon, Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU).