Working Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Bergen
Has Job Stability Decreased in Norway?
(), Kjell Gunnar Salvanes
() and Kjell Vaage
Abstract: A widespread belief in the popular press is that job
stability has declined across Western economies over the last 15 years.
However, little support for this is found in the empirical literature. We
use an extensive employer–employee data set for Norway to analyse changes
in job stability in Norway by first presenting descriptive measures of job
stability for manufacturing, the public sector and private services. Both
descriptive analyses of tenure, hire and separation rates as well as
regression-adjusted measures controlling for changes in demographics and
the business cycle, indicate a slight decrease in job stability in Norway
driven by increased job separation rates. These changes are not equally
distributed across sectors or sub-groups of workers. However, we do not
find that this tendency towards less stable jobs led to an increase in
job-to-unemployment/out of the labour force; rather it was characterized by
more job-to-job changes.
Keywords: Job stability; employer-employee data.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J23; J63; (follow links to similar papers)
27 pages, August 1, 2006
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