De Economist

, Volume 160, Issue 2, pp 141–155 | Cite as

Wage-Tenure Profiles and Mobility

  • Anja P. Deelen


The Dutch labour market is characterized by low job mobility and high average duration of unemployment for older jobseekers. This study investigates the role of wage-tenure profiles in explaining patterns of job mobility. Based on a large administrative database, the estimates show that wage-tenure profiles in the Netherlands are relatively steep. Furthermore, industries with high returns to tenure appear to have a high share of older workers, as well as high average job tenure. This implies that steep wage-tenure profiles are related to low levels of mobility.


Wage-tenure profiles Job mobility Linked employer-employee data 

JEL Classification

J31 J62 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy AnalysisThe HagueThe Netherlands

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