Employer-to-Employer Flows in the United States: Estimates Using Linked Employer-Employee DataMelissa Bjelland, Bruce Fallick, John C. Haltiwanger, and Erika McEntarfer ,
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Journal of Business and Economic Statistics
We use administrative data linking workers and firms to study employer-to-employer (E-to-E) flows. After discussing how to identify such flows in quarterly data, we investigate their basic empirical patterns. We find that the pace of E-to-E flows is high, representing approximately 4% of employment and 30% of separations each quarter. The pace of E-to-E flows appears to be highly procyclical and varies systematically across worker, job, and employer characteristics. There are rich patterns in terms of origin and destination of industries.