The Returns to Mobility and Job Search by Gender

Posted: 15 Jun 1999

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Kristen Keith

University of Toledo - Department of Economics

Abagail McWilliams

University of Illinois at Chicago

Abstract

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the authors estimate the returns to job search, mobility, and the interaction of search and mobility for young men and women. They find statistically significant gender differences in mobility patterns and search behavior, but not in the returns to a given behavior. Both men and women engaged in substantial job search and mobility early in their careers, which resulted in wage growth premiums. There is evidence of an interactive effect: returns to search were realized through mobility, and returns to mobility were augmented by search.

JEL Classification: J16, J61

Suggested Citation

Keith, Kristen and McWilliams, Abagail, The Returns to Mobility and Job Search by Gender. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=146848

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