Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/37348
Authors: 
Bauer, Thomas K.
Bachmann, Ronald
David, Peggy
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Jobs, Skills and Mobility G14-V3
Abstract: 
Economic conditions at the time of labour market entry can induce wage differentials between workers entering the labour market at different points in time. While there exists much empirical evidence on the existence and persistence of the effects of labour market entry conditions, little is known about their interaction with employees' mobility behaviour. Using German administrative data, this paper analyzes the determinants of job mobility, emphasizing the role of initial wage gaps. The analysis suggests that the effects of entry conditions play an important role in explaining job transitions. Labour market entrants earning less than the average starting wage are more likely to change jobs, directly as well as indirectly. Moreover, labour market transitions tend to reduce the effects of entry conditions, implying that job mobility operates as an adjustment mechanism that reduces the initial wage differences between workers.
Subjects: 
mobility
job-to-job
wages
labour market entry
initial conditions
JEL: 
E24
J31
J62
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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