Volume 23 - Article 24 | Pages 669-696

Studying historical occupational careers with multilevel growth models

By Wiebke Schulz, Ineke Maas

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Date received:17 Dec 2009
Date published:01 Oct 2010
Word count:7156
Keywords:careers, growth models, historical data
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In this article we propose to study occupational careers with historical data by using multilevel growth models. Historical career data are often characterized by a lack of information on the timing of occupational changes and by different numbers of observations of occupations per individual. Growth models can handle these specificities, whereas standard methods, such as event history analyses can’t. We illustrate the use of growth models by studying career success of men and women, using data from the Historical Sample of the Netherlands. The results show that the method is applicable to male careers, but causes trouble when analyzing female careers.

Author's Affiliation

Wiebke Schulz - Utrecht University, Netherlands [Email]
Ineke Maas - Utrecht University, Netherlands [Email]

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