Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33661
Authors: 
Devereux, Paul J.
Hart, Robert A.
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1651
Abstract: 
Using the British New Earnings Survey Panel Data (NESPD) for the period 1975 to 2001 we estimate the wage cyclicality of job stayers (those remaining within single jobs in a given company), within company job movers, and between company job movers. We also examine how the proportion of internal and external job moves varies over the business cycle. We find that the wages of internal movers are slightly more procyclical and wages of external movers considerably more procyclical than those of stayers. Notwithstanding, a decomposition shows that in Britain, wage cyclicality arises almost entirely from the procyclicality of wages for job stayers, with across- and within-firm mobility playing a lesser role. Thus, there is little evidence for rigid wage models that imply that employers use changes in job titles as a means of adjusting wages to the business cycle. We also show that the distinctions between private and public sectors and between workers covered and uncovered by collective agreements have important impacts on the wage estimates of both stayers and movers.
Subjects: 
wage cyclicality
job stayers
internal job movers
external job movers
JEL: 
E32
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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