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Job Mobility and Sorting

Theory and Evidence

Damir Stijepic
Published Online: 2019-05-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbnst-2018-0047


Motivated by the canonical (random) on-the-job search model, I measure a person’s ability to sort into higher ranked 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; human capital; education; versatility; search and matching; SIPP

JEL Classification: J60; J63; J24; I24; I26


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About the article

Received: 2018-07-18

Revised: 2018-11-05

Accepted: 2018-01-16

Published Online: 2019-05-29

Citation Information: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, ISSN (Online) 2366-049X, ISSN (Print) 0021-4027, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbnst-2018-0047.

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