Rising Occupational and Industry Mobility in the United States: 1968-1993, Second Version

67 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2004

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Gueorgui Kambourov

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department

Iourii Manovskii

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

We analyze the dynamics of worker mobility in the United States over the 1968-1993 period at various levels of occupational and industry aggregation. We find a substantial overall increase in occupational and industry mobility over the period and document the levels and time trends in mobility for various age-education subgroups of the population. To control for measurement error in occupation and industry coding, we develop a method that utilizes the newly released, by the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Retrospective Occupation-Industry Supplemental Data Files. We emphasize the importance of the findings for understanding a number of issues in macro and labor economics, including changes in wage inequality, productivity, life-cycle earnings profiles, job stability and job security.

Keywords: Occupational Mobility, Industry Mobility, Career Mobility, Sectoral Real-location

JEL Classification: E20, J21, J24, J44, J45, J62, J63

Suggested Citation

Kambourov, Gueorgui and Manovskii, Iourii, Rising Occupational and Industry Mobility in the United States: 1968-1993, Second Version (April 2004). PIER Working Paper No. 04-012; IZA Discussion Paper No. 1110. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=526104

Gueorgui Kambourov

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department ( email )

Tempe, AZ 85287-3806
United States

Iourii Manovskii (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6297
United States
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