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The Demographics of Labour Turnover : A Comparison of Ordinal Probit and Censored Count Data Models

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  • Lucie MERKLE

    (Universität München)

  • Klaus F. Zimmermann

    (Universität München and CEPR, London)

As has been found in previous studies, the labor market performance of individuals is often affected by demographic determinants like cohort size, age, marriage status and family size. While most of this analysis was studied for earnings, the paper investigates the issue for labor mobility. Mobility is measured here by the number of new employers and the frequency of unemployment of an individual in a particular period. Given the discrete nature of the data, the ordinal probit model and the censored Poisson as the censored negative binomial model was estimated. Since the choice of the statistical model is not clear a priori, various model comparisons are carried out and some new pseudo-R2 measures are proposed and used in the analysis. Results indicate that demographic determinants matter for labor mobility.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in its series Discussion Papers (REL - Recherches Economiques de Louvain) with number 1992033.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1992
Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:1992033
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