The Complexity of Job Mobility among Young Men Neal, Derek

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Neal, Derek
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Journal of Labor Economics
Job hunting -- Research; Occupational mobility -- Research; Economics
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The model of job search involves both employer matches and career matches. Workers may change employers without changing careers but cannot search over possible lines of work while working for one employer. The optimal policy implies a two-stage search strategy in which workers search over types of work first. The patterns of job changes observed in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth support this two-stage search policy. Among male workers who are changing jobs, those who have previously changed employers while working in their current career are much less likely to change careers during the current job change. Career matches and employer matches comprise the basic model of job mobility of young men in the US economy and workers do not change careers while changing employers. Workers seek types of employment first in a two-stage job search, and the data from economic research support this. There is less likelihood to change careers among young men who have previously changed employers and remained in the same line of employment.
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