How is work distributed across individuals within society? And what can this tell us about career transition possibilities and job switching opportunities? This paper investigates the network structure of the division of labour by analysing discrete work activities that people undertake in different occupations. We find that what people do in their current job matters for their future job - people are significantly more likely to transition into occupations sharing similar work activities. Moreover, we find that our measure of occupational work-activity similarity is more predictive of job-to-job transitions 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.
Mealy, P., del Rio-Chanona, R.M. & Farmer, J.D. (2018). 'What you do at work matters: New lenses on labour'. Available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3143064