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Labour Mobility in the Australian Regions


Kilpatrick, SI and Felmingham, BS, Labour Mobility in the Australian Regions, The Economic Record, 72, (218) pp. 214-223. ISSN 0013-0249 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1475-4932.1996.tb00954.x


A preliminary analysis of ABS labour mobility surveys for 1989 and 1992 reveals that job mobility within the Australian States occurs more quickly in the boom conditions of 1989 compared with the recession of 1992. And it is generally more rapid in the dynamic regional economies, in particular Queensland, WA and NSW. Male mobility in each State is correlated with tenure and industry unemployment rates at different points of the cycle. The positive association of unemployment and mobility supports the relevance of Lilien s structural adjustment of male mobility in the State economies. Female labour turnover is not responsive to unemployment and depends less often on tenure. Earnings play a limited role in explaining labour mobility generally.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Labour economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, SI (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Felmingham, BS (Dr Bruce Felmingham)
ID Code:8462
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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