The Puzzling Fixity of Multiple Job Holding Across Regions and Labor Markets

25 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016

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Barry T. Hirsch

Georgia State University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Muhammad Husain

Georgia State University

John V. Winters

Iowa State University - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Multiple job holding rates differ substantially across U.S. regions, states, and metropolitan areas. Rates decrease markedly with respect to labor market size. These patterns have been largely overlooked, despite being relatively fixed over (at least) the 1998-2014 period. This paper explores explanations for these persistent differences. We account for over half of the mean absolute deviation in multiple job holding across local labor markets (MSAs). Most important in explaining variation in multiple job holding are worker characteristics, commute times, MSA ancestry shares, and, to a lesser extent, labor market churn. City size accounts for little of the variation once we condition on commute times.

Keywords: multiple job holding, local labor markets, city size and regional differences, commuting costs

JEL Classification: J21, R23

Suggested Citation

Hirsch, Barry T. and Husain, Muhammad and Winters, John V., The Puzzling Fixity of Multiple Job Holding Across Regions and Labor Markets. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9631. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716572

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