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Reconciling Occupational Mobility in the Current Population Survey

Christian vom Lehn, Cache Ellsworth () and Zachary Kroff ()
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Cache Ellsworth: Columbia Business School

No 13509, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Measuring occupational mobility from the Current Population Survey using recall (retrospective) or linked panel responses (longitudinal) generates substantially different outcomes, both in levels and trends. Using a generalized method of moments technique, we estimate the actual level of occupational mobility and the measurement error in both of these measures for 1981-2018. Measurement error in longitudinal measures is large and has been worsening over time. However, actual occupational mobility is approximately 70% higher than retrospectively measures. Our estimated corrections imply workers in tradable occupations are less likely to switch occupations than previously believed, implying potentially lower welfare gains from trade.

Keywords: current population survey; worker mobility; occupational switching; measurement error; trade adjustment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C83 F16 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 85 pages
Date: 2020-07
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