A Web-Based Approach to Measure Skill Mismatches and Skills Profiles for a Developing Country: The Case of Colombia

Several interdisciplinary studies highlight imperfect information as a possible explanation of skill mismatches, which in turn has implications for unemployment and informality rates. Despite information failures and their consequences, countries like Colombia (where informality and unemployment rates are high) lack a proper labour market information system to identify skill mismatches and employer skill requirements. One […]

The occupational structure of Latin American Countries and worker exposure to COVID

The COVID has spread in Latin America at a later stage of industrialized countries. Even if such states had a better understanding and more available information on how to face the virus, the sanitary infrastructure was less prepared in comparison to the industrialized countries. Latin American Countries (LAC) have a health system with inadequate coverage […]

Efecto del COVID-19 sobre las ocupaciones de trabajadores en Colombia

Adaptar la fuerza laboral a las nuevas medidas de distanciamiento social es uno de los mayores retos que diferentes países han enfrentado en las últimas décadas, para para evitar pérdidas masivas de empleo. Por tanto, es fundamental conocer cuál es la proporción de trabajadores que están en mayor riesgo de contagio de COVID-19 dado el […]

Measuring the share of workers in work-from-home and those in close personal proximity occupations in a developing country

The COVID-19 pandemic and its social distancing measures have brought unprecedented socio-economic challenges worldwide. One of the most urgent questions is how the labour force will be affected by the pandemic. The answer to this question will have considerable impact on the countries’ productivity, poverty and unemployment rates, etc. Consequently, the measurement of jobs which […]

Announcement of the first metro line and its impact on Housing Prices in Bogotá

Transport infrastructure investment not only impacts mobility but may also significantly affect the capitalisation of the areas surrounding these infrastructure projects, even before the projects are completed. This paper analyses the impact that the announcement of the First Metro Line has on housing prices in the city of Bogotá. It combines innovative databases, web scraping […]

Descriptive analysis of the vacancy database

Given the high cost of collecting labour demand for skills information through surveys, the composition and dynamics of Colombian labour demand are relatively unknown. However, information regarding unmet labour demand can be collected from job portals with the implementation of relatively novel data mining techniques. This paper provides a descriptive analysis to start evaluating the […]

Extracting value from job vacancy information

This paper presents a comprehensive methodology to collect and standardise vacancyinformation systematically from job portals. Describes available information in Colombian jobportals. Describes the methodology (web scraping) and challenges to automatically and rapidlycollect a massive number of online job vacancies. Also explains the methods that can be usedto homogenise variables, and explains challenges involved in standardising […]

Information problem in labour market and big data: colombian case

This working paper discusses the concepts and theoretical framework to analyse the labour market, based on the information found on online job portals. Based on a model with imperfect information (which seems more appropriate to describe Colombian labour market outcomes), the first section explains how skill mismatches can arise and their consequences for informality and […]