Occupational and Job Mobility in the US

30 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Giuseppe Moscarini

Yale University - Department of Economics; Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics

Kaj Thomsson

Maastricht University - Department of Economics

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Abstract

We propose a new methodology to measure worker mobility across occupations and jobs in the US, building on the limited longitudinal dimension of monthly CPS data. For the period 1979-2006, we find that about 3.5% of male workers employed in two consecutive months report different three-digit occupations. This rate is procyclical, mildly rising in the 1980s and falling after 1995. We also revise upward current estimates of aggregate job-to-job mobility since 1994, from 2.7% to 3.2% of employment per month. Despite extreme similarity of average levels and time-series behavior, occupational and job mobility are only weakly correlated.

Suggested Citation

Moscarini, Giuseppe and Moscarini, Giuseppe and Thomsson, Kaj, Occupational and Job Mobility in the US. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 109, Issue 4, pp. 807-836, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1098438 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2007.00510.x

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