The Role of Career Choice in Understanding Job Mobility

21 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Ronni Pavan

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper presents a simple model that explains how the likelihood of job changes and their complexity changes over a worker's career, and the empirical work presented here uses the life cycle patterns of mobility and their complexity to infer the relative importance of firm-specific versus career-specific concerns as determinants of mobility decisions. The estimates of the model indicate that the contemporaneous presence of two quality matches, one career-specific and one firm-specific, is necessary to understand the patterns of the data. The model also predicts that the welfare losses implied by a disappearance of a career can be on average twice as large as the losses implied by a plant closure.

Suggested Citation

Pavan, Ronni, The Role of Career Choice in Understanding Job Mobility. LABOUR, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 107-127, June 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2010.00475.x

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