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Occupation, Occupational Change and Movement within the Income Distribution

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  • R. Mark Wilson

    (University of South Florida)

  • Carole A. Green

    (University of South Florida)

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    The authors find considerable earnings mobility in panel data of a sample of white males and associate occupational mobility with these changes in real labor earnings, both in absolute terms and relative to an income distribution. Results of an error-components estimation reveal that occupation and movement among occupations exert strong influences on earnings changes even after controlling for a number of other factors. Effects of the interdependence of earnings and occupational mobility, the state of the pairings, and a variety of personal characteristics are also studied.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 16 (1990)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Jul-Sep)
    Pages: 209-220

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    1. Lee A. Lillard & Robert J. Willis, 1976. "Dynamic Aspects of Earnings Mobility," NBER Working Papers 0150, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Parrado, Eric & Caner, Asena & Wolff, Edward N., 2007. "Occupational and industrial mobility in the United States," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 435-455, June.

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