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Birds, Birds, Birds : Co-Worker Similarity, Workplace Diversity and Job Switches

Title data

Hirsch, Boris ; Jahn, Elke ; Zwick, Thomas:
Birds, Birds, Birds : Co-Worker Similarity, Workplace Diversity and Job Switches.
In: British Journal of Industrial Relations. Vol. 58 (2020) Issue 3 . - pp. 690-718.
ISSN 1467-8543
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12509

Abstract in another language

We investigate how the demographic composition of the workforce along the sex, nationality, education, age and tenure dimensions affects job switches. Fitting duration models for workers’ job‐to‐job turnover rate that control for workplace fixed effects in a representative sample of large manufacturing plants in Germany during 1975–2016, we find that larger co‐worker similarity in all five dimensions substantially depresses job‐to‐job moves, whereas workplace diversity is of limited importance. In line with conventional wisdom, which has that birds of a feather flock together, our interpretation of the results is that workers prefer having co‐workers of their kind and place less value on diverse workplaces.

Further data

Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: No
Keywords: workplace diversity; co-worker similarity; workforce demography; voluntary turnover
Subject classification: J63, J62, J21, J19
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Labour Economics > Chair Labour Economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elke Jahn
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 000 Generalities, Science
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2020 09:55
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2020 09:55
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/57858