Origins, destinations, and association in occupational mobility

Michael E. Sobel, Mark P. Becker, Susan M. Minick

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Although the literature on occupational mobility distinguishes between structural and circulation (or exchange) mobility, previous methods for simultaneously considering these are inadequate. In this article, nonlinear models of association are combined with linear models for logits of marginal distributions, resulting in models with parameters directly interpretable in terms of association or structural mobility. Goodman's work on combining categories in mobility tables to handle the case where the marginal distributions are also of interest is extended. Extensions to sets of mobility tables are considered next. The article shows finally how to model cross-national variation in association and structural mobility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-721
Number of pages35
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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