Changes in Occupational Tasks and Their Association with Individual Wages and Occupational Mobility

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Alexandra Fedorets

In: German Economic Review 20 (2019), 4, S. 295-328


This study provides novel evidence on the relevance of task content changes between and within occupations to wage dynamics of occupational changers and stayers. I use individual‐level, cross‐sectional data featuring tasks performed on the job to compute a measure of proximity of job contents. Then, I merge this measure to a large‐scale panel survey to show that occupational changers experience a wage growth that is declining when the accompanying alterations in task contents are big. For occupational stayers, alterations in task contents generate a positive wage component, beyond tenure effect. However, the results are not robust with respect to the choice of proximity measure and over time.

Alexandra Fedorets

Research Associate in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

JEL-Classification: J24;J62
Keywords: Human capital, wage premium, occupational change, task‐based approach
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