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Determinants of current job tenure: a cross country comparison


  • Karen Mumford

    () (University of York)

  • Peter N. Smith

    (University of York)


We consider differences in individual job tenure between Australia and Britain using linked data on employees and their workplaces. This linkage enables us to distinguish between the impact of demographic, education, job characteristics, occupation and work environment for the individual, as well as of the workplace in which they work. Whilst the various individual characteristics are, as a group, found to be essentially uncorrelated with the workplace effect, this is not true for women, part-time or non-white employees. We find that the lower tenure rates associated with membership of these groups is also captured by workplace effects suggesting some degree of labour market segmentation, especially so in Britain.

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  • Karen Mumford & Peter N. Smith, 2003. "Determinants of current job tenure: a cross country comparison," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(3), pages 435-451, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:3:p:435-451

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    Cited by:

    1. Marie Drolet & Karen Mumford, 2012. "The Gender Pay Gap for Private-Sector Employees in Canada and Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 50(3), pages 529-553, September.
    2. Alex Bryson & Carola Frege, 2010. "The Importance of Comparative Workplace Employment Relations Studies," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 48(2), pages 231-234, June.

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    Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs (includes separations; hires; redundancy; job tenure; displaced workers) Discrimination; Time Allocation; Work Behavior; Employment Determination and Creation;

    JEL classification:

    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J70 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - General
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General


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