Occupational mobility chains and the role of job opportunities for upward, lateral and downward mobility in Switzerland

Sacchi, Stefan; Kriesi, Irene; Buchmann, Marlis (2016). Occupational mobility chains and the role of job opportunities for upward, lateral and downward mobility in Switzerland. Research in social stratification and mobility, 44, pp. 10-21. Elsevier 10.1016/j.rssm.2015.12.001

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This paper addresses the rarely studied relationship between job vacancies and inter-firm upward, lateral, and downward status mobility in an occupationally segmented labor market, taking Switzerland as the example. To conceptualize mobility mechanisms in this type of labor market, we introduce the concept of “occupational mobility chains” and test its validity. This concept provides the backdrop for developing time-dependent measures of individual job opportunities based on Swiss Job Monitor data. We link these measures with career data taken from the Swiss Life History Study and employ event history analysis to test different propositions of the ways in which status mobility is contingent on the number and the status of vacant positions. Results support our assumption that in occupationally segmented labor markets vacant positions affect status mobility only to the degree that they are located within workers’ occupational mobility chains.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Sacchi, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 310 Statistics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0276-5624

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Sacchi

Date Deposited:

10 Feb 2016 16:44

Last Modified:

10 Feb 2016 16:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.rssm.2015.12.001

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Occupational status mobility; Vacancies; Labor-market segmentation; Job opportunities; Occupational mobility chains

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.75336

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/75336

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