Did economic globalization destabilize careers? Evidence from Germany

Biemann, Torsten ; Fasang, Anette Eva ; Grunow, Daniela


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/34666
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-346664
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2009
The title of a journal, publication series: Working paper / The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course
Volume: 09-02
Place of publication: New Haven, Conn.
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL, Personalmanagement u. Führung (Biemann 2013-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): careers research , globalization , sequence analysis , turbulence
Abstract: In this article, we analyze the impact of economic globalization on the turbulence of early work careers in Germany. We conceptualize turbulence as the absolute number of employer changes, the predictability of the order of jobs, and the variability of the durations spent in different employment states. Results from empirical analyses based on the German Life History Study (N = 5,432) show that – contrary to what is often implicitly assumed in careers research – there has been only a small increase in the turbulence of work careers over the last decades. Early work careers became slightly more dynamic for individuals born in the 1930s and 1940s, but for individuals born in the 1950s onwards, there are no significant differences in the turbulence across the cohorts. Additionally, we find no evidence that industry-specific economic globalization influences the turbulence of work careers. We conclude that researchers should consider the relative stability of careers and that the impact of globalization on work careers might be overestimated.

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