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EMPLOYER AND OCCUPATIONAL INSTABILITY IN TWO COHORTS OF THE NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS

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Matissa N. Hollister, Sociology Department, Dartmouth College, 6104 Silsby Hall, Hanover, NH 03755; e-mail: matissa.n.hollister@dartmouth.edu

Abstract

Previous research on trends in employer and occupational stability found evidence of declines in stability among men but contradictory results for women. I provide new insights into these patterns by simultaneously analyzing employer and occupation changes, and by examining a more detailed set of transition types. I show that the patterns for women are quite similar to those of men but are masked by declines in transitions from employment to out of the labor force. Finally, I find that while some of the changes may bring increased opportunities for wage increases, they bring even greater risks of wage losses.

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