Occupational and industrial mobility in the United States

Eric Parrado, Asena Caner, Edward N. Wolff

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    Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and using both the original and the new series of occupation and industry codes, we investigate occupational and industrial mobility of individuals over the 1969-1980 and 1981-1993 periods in the U.S. We find that workers changed both occupations and industries more frequently in the later period. We also find that for men occupational and industrial changes are associated with lower earnings, though this effect has lessened somewhat over time; while for women the results are mixed. Our results also indicate that older and better paid men are less likely to shift occupation or industry.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)435-455
    Number of pages21
    JournalLabour Economics
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 2007


    • Earnings
    • Industry
    • Mobility
    • Occupation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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