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Employment status mobility from a life-cycle perspective:A sequence analysis of work-histories in the BHPS
Miguel A. Malo
In this paper we apply optimal matching techniques to individual work-histories in theBritish Household Panel Survey (BHPS), with a two-fold objective. First, to explore theusefulness of this sequence-oriented approach to analyze work-histories. Second, toanalyze the impact of involuntary job separations on life courses. The study covers thewhole range of employment statuses, including unemployment and inactivity periods,from the first job held to the year 1993. Our main findings are the following: (i) mobilityin employment status has increased along the twentieth century; (ii) it has become moresimilar between men and women; (iii) birth cohorts in the second half of the centuryhave especially been affected by involuntary job separations; (iv) in general, involuntary job separations provoke employment status sequences which substantially differ fromthe typical sequence in each cohort.
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