Job Tenure: Does History Matter?

CEPR Discussion Paper Series #1531

Posted: 30 Apr 1997

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marco Francesconi

University of Essex; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Carlos García Serrano

Universidad de Alcala de Henares

Date Written: January 1997

Abstract

This paper uses the retrospective work history data from the British Household Panel Survey to examine patterns of job mobility and job tenure for men and women over the twentieth century. British men and women hold an average of five jobs over their lifetimes, and one-half of all lifetime job changes occur in the first ten years. For both men and women, the separation hazard is increasing in the first few months of a job and declines thereafter. History is found to affect job tenure in two important respects. Individuals entering the labor market earlier in the twentieth century are characterized by different tenure patterns than later cohorts: job tenure is typically longer for earlier cohorts, and there are more pronounced gender differences. Individual history also matters: job accumulation is associated with longer job tenure and, as jobs accumulate, women are more likely to shift into part-time employment while men are more likely to shift into self-employment.

JEL Classification: J11, J20, J62

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Francesconi, Marco and García Serrano, Carlos, Job Tenure: Does History Matter? (January 1997). CEPR Discussion Paper Series #1531, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3920

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