SLI-WP 2006:4

Who Stays after Entering the Primary Sector? Evidence from Swedish micro-level data

Författare: Kerem Tezic  Joakim Gullstrand 

Published in European Review of Agricultural Economics 35:1-28, (2008)


Using 14 waves of panel data, this paper investigates why employees entering the primary sector exit subsequently. Transition probabilities are explained by a rich set of individual, regional and sectoral characteristics and a discrete-time competing risks model with unrestricted base-line hazards is used to distinguish between exits into a job in other sectors and other exits. The results confirm Jovanovic's suggestion of ‘survival of the fittest matches’ as workers and firms learn more about the quality of the match between them. It is found that agricultural education, higher income and sector wage differences are the main determinants of the hazard of moving to another sector, whereas marriage and higher education lower the hazard of leaving for non-employment.

Keywords: Inter-sectoral transitions, discrete-time competing risks model, hired labour, earnings, agriculture

Liknande publikationer

AgriFood Policy Brief 2020:6
EU:s politik för ett grönare jordbruk – fungerar den?
AgriFood Policy Brief 2020:5
Miljöstöd: ett stöd till mer än bara miljön
AgriFood Rapport 2020:1
Naturbetesmarkens framtid – en fråga om lönsamhet
  • Cecilia Larsson 
  • Niklas Boke Olén 
  • Mark Brady 


Kerem Tezic

Joakim Gullstrand