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Trends in occupational mobility in France: 1982–2009

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  • Lalé, Etienne

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Are labor markets more turbulent now than thirty years ago? Most job and worker flows imply that the answer is “no”, with one exception: occupational mobility, which increased substantially in the United States. This paper remedies the lack of comparable evidence by focusing on France for the years 1982 to 2009. After correcting for various statistical biases and discrepancies that affect the measurement of occupational mobility, it documents this reallocation process overall and in different subgroups. The data reveal that, over the period considered, the fraction of workers switching occupation exhibits no trend in the aggregate because changing demographics mask increases in mobility within several age and education groups. After taking these composition effects into account, occupational mobility increased sharply in France as well.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 373-387

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:19:y:2012:i:3:p:373-387

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Keywords: Occupational mobility; Worker mobility; Measurement error;

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