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Where to go? Workers' reasons to quit and intra- vs. interindustry job mobility

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Abstract:

We show that workers' reasons for quitting their job affect their decision to stay in or leave their industry, using survey data among public sector employees in the Netherlands. Workers quitting for e.g. pay, work pressure, or job duties move relatively often to another industry, in contrast to workers quitting for commuting time or the atmosphere at work. This suggests that workers use their experience in the initial job to update their expectations on other jobs in the industry, as the first set of job aspects is more likely to be related among jobs within an industry than the latter. Furthermore, it is shown that workers' reasons to quit fully explain the differences in wage growth between intra- and interindustry job movers. Lastly, we find that workers who quit for pay or management often leave the public sector altogether.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840600707092

Affiliations: Tinbergen Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Burg, Oudlaar SO, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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