German Job Mobility and Wages

24 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 1999

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Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Date Written: April 1998

Abstract

The paper investigates the relative importance of job mobility for wages in comparison with the human capital framework and the industry approach. Using German panel data, changes of workplaces within the firm as well as between the firms are carefully separated from occupational changes. Results suggest: Germans are much more flexible than is generally conjectured. The internal labor market is more important than the external labor market. The job approach is the most relevant framework. Firm tenure is no relevant determinant of earnings. Past mobility and sectoral and regional factors determine individual mobility.

JEL Classification: J31, J62

Suggested Citation

Zimmermann, Klaus F., German Job Mobility and Wages (April 1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=164554

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