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The Duration of Employment Opportunities in U.S. Manufacturing

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  • Dunne, Timothy
  • Roberts, Mark J

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Long-duration employment opportunities are a necessary condition for workers to hold lifetime jobs. This paper uses longitudinal data on individual U.S. manufacturing plants from 1963-1982 to estimate the age and completed spell distributions for employment positions. The results indicate that, of the employment opportunities in progress in the U.S. manufacturing sector in 1982, 30.0% were at least 19 years old and 59.6% would have a completed length of at least 20 years. High rates of turnover in employment positions coexist with a large number of long-duration employment opportunities because the turnover tends to be concentrated within a subset of the producers. Copyright 1991 by MIT Press.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 73 (1991)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 216-27

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:73:y:1991:i:2:p:216-27

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  1. Robert H Mcguckin, 1990. "Longitudinal Economic Data At The Census Bureau: A New Database Yields Fresh Insight On Some Old Issues," Working Papers, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau 90-1, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Louis N. Christofides & C. J. McKenna, 1993. "Employment Flows and Job Tenure in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, University of Toronto Press, vol. 19(2), pages 145-161, June.
  3. Dennis, William Jr., 1997. "More than you think: An inclusive estimate of business entries," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 175-196, May.
  4. Davis, Steven J & Haltiwanger, John C, 1992. "Gross Job Creation, Gross Job Destruction, and Employment Reallocation," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 107(3), pages 819-63, August.
  5. Dunne, T. & Roberts, M., 1993. "The Long-Run Demand for Labor: Estimates from Census Establishment Data," Papers, Pennsylvania State - Department of Economics 10-93-8, Pennsylvania State - Department of Economics.
  6. Krause, M.U., 2002. "Inter-Industry Wage Differentials and Job Flows," Discussion Paper, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research 2002-3, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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