Trends in job instability and wages for young adult men

Annette Bernhardt, Martina Morris, Mark S. Handcock, Marc A. Scott

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Data and measurement problems have complicated the debate over trends in job instability in the United States. We compare two cohorts of young white men from the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), construct a rigorous measure of job change, and confirm earlier findings of a significant increase in job instability. We then benchmark the NLS against other main data sets in the field and conduct a thorough attrition analysis. Extending the analysis to wages, we find that the wage returns to job changing have both declined and become more unequal for young adults, mirroring trends in their long-term wage growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Volume17
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1999

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Wages
Young adults
Benchmark
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Wage growth
Job change
Attrition

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  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Trends in job instability and wages for young adult men. / Bernhardt, Annette; Morris, Martina; Handcock, Mark S.; Scott, Marc A.

In: Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 17, No. 4, 10.1999.

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Bernhardt, A, Morris, M, Handcock, MS & Scott, MA 1999, 'Trends in job instability and wages for young adult men', Journal of Labor Economics, vol. 17, no. 4.
Bernhardt, Annette ; Morris, Martina ; Handcock, Mark S. ; Scott, Marc A. / Trends in job instability and wages for young adult men. In: Journal of Labor Economics. 1999 ; Vol. 17, No. 4.
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