Careers, industries, and occupations: Industrial segmentation reconsidered

Jerry A. Jacobs, Ronald L. Breiger

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This chapter presents the importance of considering mobility in a multidimensional context. It highlights the utility of a multilevel view of social structure. The chapter examines the degree of career mobility that actually occurs between economic sectors. It proposes a specific test with respect to career mobility for an industrial segmentation model. The chapter suggests that a labor market segmentation model presupposes easy movement within segments and immobility between segments. It also proposes that industry mobility tests must factor out occupational persistence. The chapter also examines the structure of an industrial mobility table within cells of an occupational mobility table. Mobility tables have reclaimed their place alongside regression models of status attainment in the study of social mobility. Mobility is an important assumption underlying any hypothesis regarding labor market segmentation. The requirements of labor market segmentation theory correspond closely with statistical for models for collapsing categories in mobility tables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIndustries, Firms, and Jobs
Subtitle of host publicationSociological and Economic Approaches: Expanded Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781351512688
ISBN (Print)9780202304809
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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