Job Mobility and Sorting: Theory and Evidence

31 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2015 Last revised: 6 Nov 2018

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Damir Stijepic

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Date Written: November 5, 2018

Abstract

Motivated by the canonical (random) on-the-job search model, I measure a person’s ability to sort into preferred jobs by the risk ratio of job-to-job transitions to transitions into unemployment. I show that this measure possesses various desirable features. Making use of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), I study the relation between human capital and the risk ratio of job-to-job transitions to transitions into unemployment. Formal education tends to be positively associated with this risk ratio. General experience and occupational tenure have a pronounced negative correlation with both job-to-job transitions and transitions into unemployment, leaving the risk ratio, however, mostly unaffected. In contrast, the estimates suggest that human-capital concepts that take into account the multidimensionality of skills, e.g., versatility, play a prominent role.

Keywords: gross worker flows, job mobility, employer-employer transitions, unemployment, sorting, education, human capital, versatility, SIPP

JEL Classification: J62, J24, I24, I26

Suggested Citation

Stijepic, Damir, Job Mobility and Sorting: Theory and Evidence (November 5, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2635518 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2635518

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