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Displacement and Occupational Mobility: Evidence from the Displaced Worker Surveys

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  • Douglas A. Fox

    (Penn State University, Shenango)

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This paper investigates the determinants of occupational mobility among displaced workers. Displaced workers whose expected post-displacement earnings are higher if they switch occupations are more likely to change occupation. Similarly, those who would fare better by staying in the old occupation are more likely to stay. In short, the process of occupational mobility accompanying involuntary separations does not seem to differ materially from that observed for quits. Furthermore, plant closings are associated with lesser occupational mobility than layoffs, pointing perhaps to better initial occupational matches within firms that closed.

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  • Douglas A. Fox, 1994. "Displacement and Occupational Mobility: Evidence from the Displaced Worker Surveys," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 20(3), pages 311-324, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:20:y:1994:i:3:p:311-324
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    1. George J. Stigler, 1951. "The Division of Labor is Limited by the Extent of the Market," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 59, pages 185-185.
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    1. Kritkorn Nawakitphaitoon & Russell Ormiston, 2016. "The estimation methods of occupational skills transferability
      [Die Methoden zur Einschätzung der Übertragbarkeit beruflicher Kompetenzen]
      ," Journal for Labour Market Research, Springer;Institute for Employment Research/ Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), vol. 49(4), pages 317-327, December.

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    Keywords

    Occupational Mobility;

    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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