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Destabilization and Destandardization: For Whom? The Development of West German Job Mobility since 1984

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  • Johannes Giesecke
  • Jan Paul Heisig

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We use the Socio-Economic Panel to study how the job-shift patterns of West German workers changed between 1984 and 2008, analyzing trends separately by gender, education, labor force experience, firm size, and sector. We document a considerable reduction in the rate of within-firm job changes, especially for men in large companies and with limited labor force experience, which we interpret as evidence of a decline of internal labor markets and increasing difficulties at labor market entry. A second major result of our analysis is that rates of between-firm mobility and employment exit have risen primarily for low-educated men and women.

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  • Johannes Giesecke & Jan Paul Heisig, 2011. "Destabilization and Destandardization: For Whom? The Development of West German Job Mobility since 1984," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 131(2), pages 301-314.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v131_y2011_i2_q2_p301-314
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    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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