The Age Structure of Occupations and Jobs

Kaufman, Robert L.; Spilerman, Seymour

Age segmentation in the labor force can be analyzed in terms of the age distributions of occupations. In this paper we show that the majority of detailed census occupations conform to one of five basic age profiles. Further, these age profiles have meaning as they derive from the operation of well-defined institutional forces. We discuss the relevance of industry for a refined understanding of occupational-age patterns and conclude with some observations about the likely consequence of a change in the age of compulsory retirement for the age distributions of different occupations.


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American Journal of Sociology

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October 15, 2014