The duration of employment opportunities in US manufacturing

T. Dunne, M. J. Roberts

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Long-duration employment opportunities are a necessary condition for workers to hold lifetime jobs. This paper uses longitudinal data on individual US manufacturing plants from 1963-1982 to estimate the age and completed spell distributions for employment positions. The results indicate that, of the employment opportunities in progress in the US manufacturing sector in 1982, 30.0% were at least 19 yr old and 59.6% would have a completed length of at least 20 yr. High rates of turnover in employment positions coexist with a large number of long-duration employment opportunities because the turnover tends to be concentrated within a subset of the producers. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-227
Number of pages12
JournalReview of Economics & Statistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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