Occupation and Industrial Mobility in the United States 1969-93

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 416

32 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2005

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Eric Parrado

Central Bank of Chile

Asena Caner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Edward N. Wolff

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we investigate occupational and industrial mobility of individuals over the 1969-80 and 1981-93 periods in the United States. We find that workers changed both occupations and industries more frequently in the later period. For example, occupational mobility for men ranged from 15 to 20 percent per year during the first period and from 20 to 25 percent per year over the second. We also find that, for men, occupational and industrial changes are associated with lower earnings, though this effect has lessened somewhat over time, while for women the results are mixed. Our results also indicate that older and less educated workers are less likely to shift occupation or industry, as are better paid men but not better paid women.

Keywords: Occupation, industry, mobility, earnings

JEL Classification: J24, J31, J62

Suggested Citation

Parrado, Eric and Caner, Asena and Wolff, Edward N., Occupation and Industrial Mobility in the United States 1969-93 (January 2005). The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 416. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=686338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.686338

Eric Parrado

Central Bank of Chile ( email )

Agustinas 1180
Santiago
Chile

Asena Caner (Contact Author)

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Edward N. Wolff

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

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