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Job Flows, Worker Flows and Churning

  • Simon Burgess

    (University of Bristol and CEP/LSE)

  • Julia Lane

    (The American University)

  • David Stevens

    (University of Baltimore)

We utilize a large establishment-level panel dataset to explore the links between gross job flows and gross worker flows. Our findings have relevance for models of job creation and job destruction, and labour reallocation. We find churning flows (the difference between worker and job flows at the level of the establishment) to be high, pervasive and highly persistent within establishments, suggesting that they arise as a correlate of an equilibrium personnel policy. We find the dynamic relationship between job and worker flows to be quite complex: lagged job flows raise churning flows, and lagged churning flows reduce employment growth.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 9604004.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 15 Apr 1996
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:9604004
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