Wage Risk and the Value of Job Mobility in Early Employment Careers
Journal of Labor Economics
University of Chicago Press
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Liu, K. (2019). Wage Risk and the Value of Job Mobility in Early Employment Careers. Journal of Labor Economics, 37 (1), 139-185. https://doi.org/10.1086/698898
This paper shows that job mobility is a valuable channel that employed workers use to mitigate bad labor market shocks. I estimate a model of wage dynamics jointly with a dynamic model of employment and job mobility. The key feature of the model is the speci cation of wage shocks at the worker- rm match level, for workers can respond to these shocks by changing jobs. I find that, relative to the variance of individual-level shocks, the variance of match-level shocks is large and the consequent value of job mobility in reducing the welfare cost of these shocks is substantial, particularly for workers whose match-specific wages are low. In counterfactual analysis, I show how the value of job mobility may be affected by search costs and unemployment income.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/698898
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/271222