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Occupational change in Britain and Germany

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  • Longhi, Simonetta
  • Brynin, Malcolm

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We use British and German panel data to analyse job changes involving a change in occupation. We assess: (1) the extent of occupational change, taking into account the possibility of measurement error in occupational codes; (2) whether job changes within the occupation differ from occupation changes in terms of the characteristics of those making such switches; and (3) the effects of the two kinds of moves in respect of wages and job satisfaction. We find that occupation changes differ from other job changes, generally reflecting a less satisfactory employment situation, but also that the move in both cases is positive in respect of change in wages and job satisfaction.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 655-666

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:17:y:2010:i:4:p:655-666

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  1. Natascha Nisic & Parvati Trübswetter, 2012. "Berufswechsler in Deutschland und Großbritannien," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 442, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  2. Barbara Mueller & Juerg Schweri, 2012. "The returns to occupation-specific human capital - Evidence from mobility after training," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0081, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  3. Simonetta Longhi & Mark Taylor, 2013. "Occupational Change and Mobility Among Employed and Unemployed Job Seekers," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 60(1), pages 71-100, 02.
  4. Brynin, Malcolm, 2010. "Social class as a moving average," ISER Working Paper Series 2010-06, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  5. Hof, Stefanie & Strupler, Mirjam & Wolter, Stefan C., 2011. "Career Changers in Teaching Jobs: A Case Study Based on the Swiss Vocational Education System," IZA Discussion Papers 5806, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Warnke, Arne Jonas & Ederer, Peer & Schuller, Philipp, 2012. "Cognitive skills, tasks and job mobility," Annual Conference 2012 (Goettingen): New Approaches and Challenges for the Labor Market of the 21st Century 62026, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  7. Lalé, Etienne, 2012. "Trends in occupational mobility in France: 1982–2009," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 373-387.
  8. Anette Haas & Michael Lucht & Norbert Schanne, 2012. "Why to employ both migrants and natives? A study on task-specific substitutability," Norface Discussion Paper Series, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London 2012026, Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London.
  9. Longhi, Simonetta, 2013. "Impact of cultural diversity on wages, evidence from panel data," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 43(5), pages 797-807.
  10. Stefanie Hof & Mirjam Strupler & Stefan C. Wolter, 2011. "Quereinsteiger in den Lehrberuf am Beispiel der schweizerischen Berufsbildung," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0059, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  11. Bauer, Anja, 2013. "Mismatch unemployment : evidence from Germany 2000-2010," IAB Discussion Paper 201310, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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