Employer-to-Employer Flows in the United States: Estimates Using Linked Employer-Employee Data

46 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2010

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Melissa Bjelland

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Bruce Fallick

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

John Haltiwanger

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Erika McEntarfer

U.S. Census Bureau

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Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

We use administrative data linking workers and firms to study employer-to-employer flows. After discussing how to identify such flows in quarterly data, we investigate their basic empirical patterns. We find that the pace of employer-to-employer flows is high, representing about 4 percent of employment and 30 percent of separations each quarter. The pace of employer-to-employer flows is highly procyclical, and varies systematically across worker, job and employer characteristics. Our findings regarding job tenure and earnings dynamics suggest that for those workers moving directly to new jobs, the new jobs are generally better jobs; however, this pattern is highly procyclical. There are rich patterns in terms of origin and destination of industries. We find somewhat surprisingly that more than half of the workers making employer-to-employer transitions switch even broadly-defined industries (NAICS supersectors).

JEL Classification: E24, J62, J63

Suggested Citation

Bjelland, Melissa and Fallick, Bruce and Haltiwanger, John C. and McEntarfer, Erika, Employer-to-Employer Flows in the United States: Estimates Using Linked Employer-Employee Data (September 1, 2010). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-10-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1688329 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1688329

Melissa Bjelland

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Erika McEntarfer (Contact Author)

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