Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Table E.1. Job Spell Information

04/30/2004

Table E.1.
Job Spell Information
  Male Workers Female Workers
Wage Type at Start of Spell Wage Type at Start of Spell
Low-Wage Medium-Wage High-Wage Low-Wage Medium-Wage High-Wage
Job Spells of the Same Wage Type
Total Number of Spells 6,373 9,211 6,182 10,259 8,697 3,234
Number of Spells per Worker (Percentages)
   1 62 69 77 58 73 79
   2 22 20 16 23 19 15
   3 9 7 4 10 6 4
   4 or more 7 4 3 8 3 2
   (Average number) (1.7) (1.5) (1.4) (1.8) (1.4) (1.3)
Percentage of Spells That Are:
   Right-censored 18 26 37 20 30 35
   Left-censored 29 46 58 28 48 57
   Right- and left-censored 4 10 20 3 11 18
Mean Observed Spell Duration (Months)(a)
   Non-left-censored spells 7 10 11 8 10 10
   All spells 25 55 98 25 59 89
Job Spells of Any Wage Type
Total Number of Spells 6,170 8,871 5,895 10,057 8,369 3,073
Number of Spells per Worker (Percentages)
   1 61 69 77 58 72 79
   2 22 20 16 23 19 15
   3 10 7 4 10 6 4
   4 or more 7 4 3 9 3 2
   (Average number) (1.7) (1.5) (1.4) (1.8) (1.4) (1.3)
Percentage of Spells That Are:
   Right-censored 32 49 60 32 51 58
   Left-censored 28 45 58 27 47 56
   Right- and left-censored 10 24 36 9 24 34
Mean Observed Spell Duration (Months)(a)
   Non-left-censored spells 10 13 14 10 13 14
   All spells 29 62 106 28 65 96
Source: 1996 SIPP longitudinal files using the entry cohort sample.
Note: All figures are unweighted.
a. Figures pertain to the mean spell length observed during the panel period, including spells that are still in progress at the end of the period (that is, right censored spells). Thus, the figures are shorter than the ultimate mean lengths of the spells.

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