A note on U.S. worker turnover

Se Kyu Choi, Javier Fernández-Blanco

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The length of new employment relationships is of first order importance for a number of questions in recent macro-labor research. We investigate it using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation for the U.S. from 1996 onwards, and document that above two-fifths of newly employed workers fall into non-employment within a year. We also find that the transition rate from employment to non-employment within the first year varies significantly for different groups of the population, increases with the duration of the previous non-employment spell, exhibits an acyclical or weakly procyclical pattern and a much higher volatility than the unemployment rate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-289
Number of pages14
JournalOxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Issue number2
Early online date8 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2017

Structured keywords

  • ECON Macroeconomics


  • Worker turnover
  • non-employment duration
  • cyclicality
  • volatility


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