Poster Paper: Job Switch from the Private Sector to the Public Sector: Who Switches and What Do They Get?

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Regency Ballroom (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Namho Kwon, Carnegie Mellon University and Hyungjo Hur, The Ohio State University

While great attention has been directed to the job switchers from the public sector to the private sector, there have been little studies about the job switchers of the opposite direction. This paper examines whether the characteristics of sector switchers from the private to the public sector are different from stayers. It is related to a broader set of questions that asks how employees’ characteristics and sector switching related. The empirical analysis using the National Survey of College Graduates (2003, 2006, 2010 and 2013) shows that workers with low satisfaction level in job security and with experience in government-funded projects are more likely to switch jobs from the private to the public sector. We estimate the change of salary and job satisfaction after the sector switches. The annual salary of sector-switchers was about five thousands dollars lower than stayers during 2003-2006 (not significant difference during 2010-2013). Interestingly, the hourly salary of both groups was statistically not different during the whole periods.