Technology and Job Retention Among Young Adults, 1980-98

38 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2015

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Madeline Zavodny

University of North Florida; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Agnes Scott College

Date Written: June 2000


Although many studies have examined whether job stability and security have declined over time, the role of technology in job turnover has received little attention. This analysis examines the relationship between the likelihood that a worker remains at the same job for two years and various measures of technology usage across industries. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth over 1980-98, the results indicate that the relationship between job retention and technology varies across measures of technology. Almost all of the relationship between job retention likelihoods and technology is due to quits, not to involuntary job loss. The results suggest that the relationship between technology, quits, and involuntary job loss differs between college graduates and less-educated workers.

Keywords: technology, job turnover, quits, involuntary job loss

JEL Classification: J63, O33

Suggested Citation

Zavodny, Madeline, Technology and Job Retention Among Young Adults, 1980-98 (June 2000). FRB Atlanta Working Paper Series 2000-7, Available at SSRN: or

Madeline Zavodny (Contact Author)

University of North Florida ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Agnes Scott College ( email )

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