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Switching Occupational Categories


  • Gorry Devon
  • Aspen Gorry
  • Timothy Sablik
  • Nicholas Trachter


Worker mobility, across jobs and across state lines, has fallen in recent decades. Changing jobs is one way workers gain new skills and improve their wages. New research also suggests that switching between white-collar and blue-collar occupations enables workers to learn valuable information about their abilities and the types of jobs they are best suited for. Any frictions inhibiting the ability of workers to switch occupations would be costly, particularly for young workers.

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  • Gorry Devon & Aspen Gorry & Timothy Sablik & Nicholas Trachter, 2019. "Switching Occupational Categories," Richmond Fed Economic Brief, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue July, pages 1-4.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedreb:00078

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