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Trends in Sector Switching: Evidence from Employer-Employee Data

  • Anders Frederiksen


    (ICOA and AU Herning at Aarhus University)

  • Jesper Rosenberg Hansen


    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University)

Sector switching is new to the public administration literature and our knowledge about the prevalence and trends is limited. Yet, sector switching is an important phenomenon which casts light on public-private differences. We study sector switching in a modern economy using unique Danish register-based employer-employee data covering more than 25 years. We find that sector switching constitutes 18.5 percent of all job-to-job mobility and the trend is increasing both in general, for administrative professionals, for top managers and, in particular, for middle managers. These findings are robust to controlling for general trends in labour market mobility, unemployment and economic growth.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2013-11.

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Length: 34
Date of creation: 28 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2013-11
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  1. Frederiksen, Anders, 2006. "Gender Differences in Job Separation Rates and Employment Stability: New Evidence from Employer-Employee Data," IZA Discussion Papers 2147, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Carsten Greve, 2006. "Public management reform in Denmark," Public Management Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(1), pages 161-169, March.
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