Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Table E.2. Employment Spell Information

04/30/2004

Table E.2.
Employment 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
Continuous Employment Spells of the Same Wage Type
Total Number of Spells 4,882 7,285 4,545 7,755 7,130 2,714
Number of Spells per Worker (Percentages)
   1 75 83 89 73 84 89
   2 18 14 9 20 13 9
   3 5 3 1 5 2 1
   4 or more 2 1 1 2 1 0
   (Average number) (1.3) (1.2) (1.1) (1.4) (1.2) (1.1)
Percentage of Spells That Are:
   Right-censored 22 30 42 25 33 37
   Left-censored 38 58 70 36 58 68
   Right-and left-censored 6 15 29 6 16 24
Mean Observed Spell Duration (Months)(a)
   Non-left-censored spells 8 11 12 10 11 10
   All spells 31 69 118 32 71 105
Continuous Employment Spells of Any Wage Type
Total Number of Spells 3,943 5,635 4,048 6,832 5,679 2,119
Number of Spells per Worker (Percentages)
   1 77 88 93 74 88 92
   2 16 10 5.9 19 10 7
   3 5 2 1 5 1 1
   4 or more 2 0 0 2 0 0
   (Average number) (1.3) (1.1) (1.1) (1.3) (1.1) (1.1)
Percentage of Spells That Are:
   Right-censored 53 71 79 48 68 75
   Left-censored 42 69 81 39 67 80
   Right-and left-censored 27 52 65 21 47 61
Mean Observed Spell Duration (Months)(a)
   Non-left-censored spells 13 17 17 13 16 17
   All spells 60 95 150 41 94 137
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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