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Wage Change in the Late Career: A Model for the Outcomes of Job Sequences

Citation

Kalleberg, Arne L. & Hudis, Paula M. (1979). Wage Change in the Late Career: A Model for the Outcomes of Job Sequences. Social Science Research, 8(1), 16-40.

Abstract

This paper elaborates a model for the outcomes of job sequences and illustrates its utility by an empirical analysis of the determinants of wage change for men in their late careers. We argue that job sequences represent the basic components of careers and that a focus on these sequences is useful for explaining the determinants of socioeconomic inequality over the life cycle. Our model permits us to estimate the effects on wage change of a wide array of personal resources and measures of the opportunity structure. We further assess how these types of factors differentially affect wage change for various patterns of labor market behavior and for blacks vs whites. Our empirical analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Middle-Aged Men suggests the importance of patterns of job sequences for wage change and for the explanation of racial differentials in career advancement.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/0049-089X(79)90012-7

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1979

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Kalleberg, Arne L.
Hudis, Paula M.