The Unemployment Route to Versatility
Roberto Leombruni and
Roberto Quaranta ()
No 16, LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series from LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies
In this paper we document a common sense idea: When an individual is searching for a new job, the longer it takes the more s/he will be available to adapt her/his skills, often with a worsening in status and/or wage. We used a dataset of administrative source, containing a sample of individuals' working careers in the private sector, in Italy, years 1985-1996. We do not observe directly the search activity of individuals: What we observe is the re-entry time elapsing from the separation from a job spell, to the association to a new one. The information collected about the job spells, however, is quite rich, and allows a thorough analysis of the main features of job changes. If we do not take into account re-entry times into dependent work, the inter-industry mobility we report is relatively limited, even at high levels of disaggregation. Still (roughly) 50% of job changes occurs within the same 3-digit Ateco sectors, and without changing skill/status. If we condition on re-entry times, we find a positive effect on the probabilities of changing sector in the first months of the search, while for longer re-entry times, and of worsening the working status and wage.
Keywords: Job matching; Job changes; Re-entry times; Inter sectoral mobility; Wage dynamics; Linked employer-employee datasets. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
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