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Title:Occupational and industrial mobility in the United States, 1969-93 PDF Logo
Authors:Parrado, Eric
Caner, Asena
Wolff, Edward N.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Working papers // The Levy Economics Institute 416
Abstract:Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we investigate occupational and industrial mobility of individuals over the 1969-1980 and 1981-1993 periods in the U.S. We find that workers changed both occupations and industries more frequently in the later period. For example, occupational mobility for men ranged from 15 to 20 percent per year during the first period and from 20 to 25 percent per year over the second. We also find that, for men, occupational and industrial changes are associated with lower earnings, though this effect has lessened somewhat over time, while for women the results are mixed. Our results also indicate that older and less educated workers are less likely to shift occupation or industry, as are better paid men but not better paid women.
Subjects:Occupation
Industry
Mobility
Earnings
JEL:J24
J31
J62
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

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