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After the Fall of the WallLife Courses in the Transformation of East Germany$
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Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, and Karl Ulrich Mayer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752084

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.001.0001

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Old Assets, New Liabilities? How Did Individual Characteristics Contribute to Labor Market Success or Failure After 1989?

Old Assets, New Liabilities? How Did Individual Characteristics Contribute to Labor Market Success or Failure After 1989?

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(p.65) Chapter Four Old Assets, New Liabilities? How Did Individual Characteristics Contribute to Labor Market Success or Failure After 1989?
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After the Fall of the Wall
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Martin Diewald, Heike Solga, Anne Goedicke
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.003.0004

This chapter examines the role that resources and experiences acquired in the former GDR played as conditions for success and failure in the new labor market, describing several aspects. One is the issue of whether differences in skills remained important after the transition or whether the arbitrariness of structural location in regions, firms, or sectors outweighed individual characteristics. The second issue is whether educational and occupational achievements or acquired political capital helped more for maintaining or improving one's job situation, and the third is whether specific biographical experiences such as prior occupational mobility proved to be assets under the new circumstances. The discussion also notes the relative fortunes of women in comparison to men and unravels how various labor-market processes varied in intensity across the stages of the transition.

Keywords:   former GDR, political capital, labor market, transformation process

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