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Author: Jiang, Yan
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1. Jiang, Yan
Essays on Labor Market Matching, Labor Mobility and Educational Mismatch
Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York, 2012
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Job Rewards; Job Turnover; Mobility, Job; Well-Being

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Essay two considers the effect of voluntary job mobility on worker well-being. Using data from National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 79 (NLSY79), I construct measures of worker well-being that take into account various ingredients likely to factor into a worker's utility at workplace. I adopt a difference-in-differences matching strategy to uncover the otherwise unobservable potential outcomes of not changing jobs and identify the effect of voluntary labor mobility on worker well-being. The result shows that voluntary turnover increases the well-being at workplace for movers who are in the early stage of their career and conduct complex job changes involving different types of job. However, the positive effect of job mobility is insignificant and much smaller for movers taking simple job changes. This is in contrast with the fact that complex job movers actually experienced insignificant wage gains from the mobility. This result highlights the role of non-pecuniary job rewards in triggering voluntary turnover.
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Jiang, Yan. Essays on Labor Market Matching, Labor Mobility and Educational Mismatch. Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York, 2012.