Job flows, worker flows, and churning

Simon Burgess, Julia Lane, David Stevens

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We utilize a large employer-level panel dataset to explore the links between gross job flows and gross worker flows. Our findings have relevance for models of job creation and job destruction, and labor reallocation. We find churning flows (the difference between worker and job flows at the level of the employer) to be high, pervasive, and highly persistent within employers, suggesting that they arise as a correlate of an equilibrium personnel policy. We find the dynamic relationship between job and worker flows to be quite complex: lagged job flows raise churning flows, and lagged churning flows reduce employment growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-502
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics


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