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Author: Archambeau, Lindy
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1. Archambeau, Lindy
Structure of Opportunity: A Multilevel Analysis of Interfirm Job Mobility
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California - Berkeley, 2002. DAI-A 63/09, p. 3250, Mar 2003
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Labor Market Outcomes; Mobility; Mobility, Interfirm; Mobility, Job; Mobility, Occupational; Small Business (Owner/Employer); Socioeconomic Factors; Work History

The work presented in this dissertation focuses on interorganizational mobility in an attempt to untangle the roles social institutions play in structuring individual job mobility. This dissertation represents an empirical analysis of job mobility that takes ecological and structural factors into account in determining the effects of changes in the opportunity structure on patterns of individual mobility between firms. The main argument is that organizational dynamics drive alterations in the opportunity structures individuals face. Employees manage their careers as opportunity structures change and in doing so produce individual mobility events. Examining mobility patterns reveals how structural factors associated with labor markets either hinder or facilitate the socioeconomic achievement of individuals. My aim is to examine what the impact of industrial growth on individual mobility between firms given the individual's labor market context. My goal is to extend prior analyses of interfirm mobility by embedding the individual within the larger social context. This is accomplished by including industrial, occupational and organizational characteristics as determinants of individual mobility patterns. Two types of outcomes were investigated: the rate of interfirm mobility and socioeconomic outcome of such mobility. The impact of labor market institutions on these two outcomes was tested using individual job history data from National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and establishment level longitudinal data provided in the Business Information Tracking Service of the Small Business Administration in conjunction with the Census Bureau. The findings suggest that social institutions do play a role in structuring individual mobility outcomes. The two main sources of variability in mobility are industry structure and organizational size. The impact of the type of organizational growth, the birth of new establishments or the expansion of existing establishments varies by type of industry structure. In addition, organizational size interacts with the type of industry growth to create a differential impact on individual mobility given one's gender.
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Archambeau, Lindy. Structure of Opportunity: A Multilevel Analysis of Interfirm Job Mobility. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California - Berkeley, 2002. DAI-A 63/09, p. 3250, Mar 2003.