Crossing the Border for a Higher Status? Occupational Mobility of East-West Commuters in the Central European Region

Wiesböck, LauraORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8741-7922 and Verwiebe, Roland (2017) Crossing the Border for a Higher Status? Occupational Mobility of East-West Commuters in the Central European Region. International Journal of Sociology, 47 (3), pp. 162-181. DOI: 10.1080/00207659.2017.1335514

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Abstract

This article discusses cross-border occupational mobility of workers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia who found employment in Austria. We illustrate this topic using data from a longitudinal survey on the employment careers of 1,347 cross-border commuters working in Austria conducted in the winter/spring of 2012/13. Empirically, we demonstrate that despite efforts to diminish structural inequalities between the regions, differences in unemployment and poverty rates continue to play a role. We further find that the majority of cross-border commuters have a different socioeconomic structure than locally residing Austrians overall commuters mostly show mid-level qualifications and work in branches with a high demand for labor (e.g., construction, gastronomy, health industry). Against this background, we pursue the following research question: to what extent are the patterns of occupational mobility of cross-border commuters in Austria influenced by sociodemographic factors, human capital, social capital, and labor market characteristics?

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Central European Region, cross-border commuting, occupational mobility, transnational labor market, wage mobility
Research Units: Current Research Groups > Education and Employment
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 15:17
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 08:58
DOI: 10.1080/00207659.2017.1335514
ISSN: 0020-7659
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/6322

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