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Job Changes, Occupational Mobility and Human Capital Acquisition: An Empirical Analysis

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  • Dolton, Peter J
  • Kidd, Michael P

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Most individuals have more than one job or occupation in their working lives. Most employees are repeatedly faced with the choice of whether to remain in their present job (with the possibility of promotion), or quit to another job in the same occupation with a different firm, or--more radically--change occupation. At each stage in an individual's career, the scope for future job or occupational mobility is largely conditioned by the type and quantity of their human capital. This paper presents an empirical study of the factors which link occupational mobility and the acquisition of either firm-based, occupation-specific or general human capital. The data employed are from a cohort of 1980 UK graduates drawn from the Department of Employment Survey 1987. The econometric work presents estimates of the role of firm-based training and occupation-specific training in the career mobility of qualified manpower in the first seven years in the labour market. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Board of Trustees of the Bulletin of Economic Research

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Volume (Year): 50 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 265-95

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Handle: RePEc:bla:buecrs:v:50:y:1998:i:4:p:265-95

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  2. Heitmueller, Axel, 2003. "Job Mobility in Britain: Are the Scots Different? Evidence from the BHPS," IZA Discussion Papers 773, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Crespo, Nuno & Simoes, Nadia & Moreira, Sandrina B., 2013. "Gender Differences in Occupational Mobility – Evidence from Portugal," MPRA Paper 49195, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Klara Z. Sabirianova, 2000. "The Great Human Capital Reallocation: An Empirical Analysis of Occupational Mobility in Transitional Russia," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 309, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
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  9. Ye, Jun & Cardon, Melissa S. & Rivera, Efrain, 2012. "A mutuality perspective of psychological contracts regarding career development and job security," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 65(3), pages 294-301.
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  11. Robst, John, 2007. "Education and job match: The relatedness of college major and work," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 397-407, August.
  12. Sieben,Inge, 2005. "Does Training Trigger Turnover...or Not?," ROA Research Memorandum, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) 008, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).

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