Skill Specificity and Labour Mobility: Occupation and Sectoral Dimensions

25 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006

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Robert J.R. Elliott

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Joanne Lindley

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Abstract

The ability of workers to change job, sector or occupation and the costs associated with a reallocation of labour are the subject of lively debate among academics. This paper examines occupational and sectoral dimensions of labour mobility in the UK between 1985 and 2000 using data from the Labour Force Survey. By addressing Neals (Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 13 (1995), pp. 653-677) conclusion that future research ... must confront the task of defining job categories that directly capture important skill specificities, we attempt to shed some light on the complex relationship between the labour market, the generality and specificity of skills and the ability of individuals to move between and within sectors as well as within and between occupations. Occupational skill specificity and previous sector of employment are shown to affect mobility jointly and individually. Absolute skill differentials also affect mobility with the less skilled exhibiting a greater propensity to change sector and occupation simultaneously.

Suggested Citation

Elliott, Robert James Ross and Lindley, Joanne, Skill Specificity and Labour Mobility: Occupation and Sectoral Dimensions. Manchester School, Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 389-413, June 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=903584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2006.00500.x

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