Occupational Change and Mobility Among Employed and Unemployed Job Seekers

30 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2013

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Simonetta Longhi

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute

Mark Taylor

University of Essex

Date Written: February 2013

Abstract

We use data from the Labour Force Survey to show that employed and unemployed job seekers in Great Britain originate from different occupations and find jobs in different occupations. We find substantial differences in occupational mobility between job seekers: employed job seekers are most likely to move to occupations paying higher average wages relative to their previous occupation, while unemployed job seekers are most likely to move to lower paying occupations. Employed and unemployed job seekers exhibit different patterns of occupational mobility and, therefore, do not accept the same types of jobs.

Suggested Citation

Longhi, Simonetta and Taylor, Mark Philip, Occupational Change and Mobility Among Employed and Unemployed Job Seekers (February 2013). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 60, Issue 1, pp. 71-100, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2196321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12003

Simonetta Longhi (Contact Author)

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Mark Philip Taylor

University of Essex ( email )

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