Shkurkin Anatoly Mikhailovich – Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of the Department of social work and sociology at the Far Eastern State Transportation University, senior research officer of the Institute of Complex Analysis of Regional Problems of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Science.
Okul Irina Inokentievna – Head of the Department "Employment programs and labour market" of the Administration of the State Service of Employment of the Government of the Khabarovsk Kray.
The authors research the mechanisms and specific features of formation of asymmetries in the labour market on the basis of an institutional understanding of market relationships. The paper reveals the role of certain institutions which are included in the institutional sphere of labour market and directed to the processes of inclusion of man in the labour sphere. The authors present conceptual propositions aimed at the development of a theory of social filters as applied to the labour market of the region.
Key words: social institutions, labour market, regional aspects of labour market, social filters of labour market.