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Job Change Patterns And The Wages Of Young Men

Audrey Light () and Kathleen McGarry

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 1998, vol. 80, issue 2, 276-286

Abstract: This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to distinguish empirically between mover-stayer, "search good," and "experience good" models of job mobility. We estimate wage models in which the pattern of overall job mobility affects both the level and tenure slope of the log-wage path. After controlling for the correlation between mobility patterns and time-constant person- and job-specific unobservables, we find that workers who undergo persistent mobility have lower log-wage paths than less mobile workers. This finding is consistent with models in which job mobility is driven by time-varying unobservables, such as "experience good" models, where changes in perceived match quality cause turnover. © 1998 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Date: 1998
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