No. 2019-01 - What you do at work matters: New lenses on labour

Date: 07 January 2019

How is work distributed across individuals within society? And what can this tell us about career transition possibilities and job switching opportuni- ties? This paper investigates the network structure of the division of labour by analysing discrete work activities that people undertake in different occu- pations. We find that what people do in their current job matters for their future job - people are significantly more likely to transition into occupa- tions sharing similar work activities. Moreover, we find that our measure of occupational work-activity similarity is more predictive of job-to-job tran- sitions than existing benchmark measures. We also highlight how our new networks-based lenses on labour can illuminate a range of labour market topics, including the gendered division of labour and the future of work.

J. Doyne Farmer Penny Mealy R. Maria del Rio-Chanona

Complexity Economics

No.2019-01 - What you do at work matters: New lenses on labour

Type: inet-working-paper

Mealy, P., del Rio-Chanona, R.M. & Farmer, J.D. (2019). 'What you do at work matters: New lenses on labour'. INET Oxford Working prep No. 2019-01

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