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The economic consequences of labor mobility

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  • Christopher J. Ruhm

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Unlike most previous research on the relative changes in earnings of job stayers and job changers, this study examines the variance in earnings changes rather than simply average changes, men and women rather than only men, and the five-year period following job change rather than only the first year or two. The author finds great variability in earnings changes both within and across race and gender groups. Notably, men gained more from quits and, except in the case of low-wage workers, lost less from layoffs than women. Also, men suffered a much smaller penalty than women for repeated job changes. For all groups, the percentage difference between earnings before and after leaving a job generally persisted for several years. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

Volume (Year): 41 (1987)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 30-49

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:41:y:1987:i:1:p:30-49

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Cited by:
  1. Burda, Michael C. & Mertens, Antje, 2001. "Estimating wage losses of displaced workers in Germany," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 8(1), pages 15-41, January.
  2. Ricardo J. Caballero & Mohamad L. Hammour, 1999. "The Cost of Recessions Revisited: A Reverse-Liquidationist View," NBER Working Papers 7355, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Borghans, Lex & Golsteyn, Bart H.H., 2010. "Job Mobility in Europe, Japan and the U.S," Working Paper Series 11/2010, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  4. R. Mark Wilson & Carole A. Green, 1990. "Occupation, Occupational Change and Movement within the Income Distribution," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 16(3), pages 209-220, Jul-Sep.

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