Rising Occupational and Industry Mobility in the United States: 1968-97

39 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2008

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Gueorgui Kambourov

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department

Iourii Manovskii

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We document and analyze the high level and the substantial increase in worker mobility in the United States over the 1968-97 period at various levels of occupational and industry aggregation. This is important in light of the recent findings that human capital of workers is largely occupation- or industry-specific. To control for measurement error in occupation and industry coding, we develop a method that utilizes the PSID Retrospective Occupation-Industry Supplemental Data Files. We emphasize the importance of our findings for understanding a number of issues such as the changes in wage inequality, aggregate productivity, job stability, and life-cycle earnings profiles.

Suggested Citation

Kambourov, Gueorgui and Manovskii, Iourii, Rising Occupational and Industry Mobility in the United States: 1968-97. International Economic Review, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 41-79, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1093052 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2354.2008.00473.x

Gueorgui Kambourov (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department ( email )

Tempe, AZ 85287-3806
United States

Iourii Manovskii

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science
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