Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68120
Authors: 
Campbell, David
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Department of Economics Discussion Paper, University of Kent 01,17
Abstract: 
Switching from one job to another would appear to be an important part of an individual's experience within the labour market. In Britain, approximately one in three workers are observed changing jobs over a three year period. Models of voluntary job mobility predict that in the long run, switching jobs exerts a positive effect on lifetime earnings. This long run gain, however, may be generated through either shifts in the earnings profile, or changes in its slope. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, it is found that the total wage gain arising from mobility over a three year period is around 10%. Further analysis suggests that four-tenths of this gain is generated by an upward shift in the earnings profile at the point of job change and the remaining six-tenths due to the movement into a job with a higher rate of on-the-job wage growth.
Subjects: 
Job mobility
wage growth
JEL: 
C23
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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