Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

HFI Working Papers,
Institute of Retail Economics (Handelns Forskningsinstitut)

No 17: Career trajectories in retail and wholesale - A sequential approach

Mikaela Backman (), Helena Nilsson and Özge Öner
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Mikaela Backman: Center of Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden.
Helena Nilsson: Institute of Retail Economics (Handelns Forskningsinstitut)
Özge Öner: Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Abstract: High labor turnover imposes costs on a firm and hinders the accumulation of human capital. In an increasingly competitive market, retaining competent employees is a necessity. To avoid excessive labor turnover, it is necessary to identify which characteristics influence career pathways for employees. Becoming employed and/or staying employed within a certain firm or sector is normally not binary, but rather should be studied as employment-related events within a career trajectory. The combination of the timing and the order of distinct events that form a unique career pathway for an individual can be studied by using sequential analysis. In this paper, we systematically identify the common career paths of individuals who work in retail or wholesale.

Keywords: career trajectories; retail; wholesale; sequential analysis; employee turnover

JEL-codes: C35; J24; L81

41 pages, March 1, 2021

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