Has Job Stability Decreased? Population Data from a Small Open Economy

21 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2010

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Espen Bratberg

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Kjell G. Salvanes

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Kjell Vaage

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2009-09

Abstract

We use a population-based employer–employee dataset to analyze changes in job stability in Norway. We first present descriptive analyses of tenure and separation rates, followed by regression-adjusted measures controlling for changes in demographics and the business cycle. We see only weak evidence of changes in the tenure rates. In particular, for the public sector we find a slight increase in short tenures and a decrease in tenures above eight years. However, we do not find that this tendency towards less stable jobs leads to an increase in the flow to unemployment or out of the labor force.

Suggested Citation

Bratberg, Espen and Salvanes, Kjell G. and Vaage, Kjell, Has Job Stability Decreased? Population Data from a Small Open Economy (2009-09). Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 112, Issue 1, pp. 163-183, March 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1550496 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2009.01598.x

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Kjell G. Salvanes

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Kjell Vaage

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Norway
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