VOLUME XII
AUTUMN 2004

VOLUNTARY QUIT IN THE LABOUR MARKET
 
JUAN PRIETO RODRÍGUEZ
Universidad de Oviedo
 
In this paper we analyse men’s and women’s probability of quitting in the Spanish labour market. On the one hand, we consider the influence of personal and family characteristics. On the other, we have included the characteristics of the job, since it is also possible that the existence of segregation generates higher quit rates for women. The empirical analysis suggests that the distribution by activity sectors affects women’s quit rates. Moreover, the empirical evidence shows that family and personal characteristics are important factors to explain the differences in the quit decisions between men and women. Furthermore, we have estimated a logistic regression model with discrete time and a polynomial transition function. We have chosen this specification due to its great flexibility that allows us to study the effect of time on the hazard of quit, without imposing any type of dependence on duration.
 
Key words: quit, occupational segregation, duration models, dependence on duration.
JEL classification: J63, J64, J71.

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