English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: The Effectsof Labor Market Experience, Job Seniority, and Job Mobility on Wage Growth Joseph G. Altonji; Nicolas Williams

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  • The Effectsof Labor Market Experience, Job Seniority, and Job Mobility on Wage Growth
Author
  • Joseph G. Altonji
  • Nicolas Williams
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • This paper studies the returns to seniority, the returns to experience, and the effects of seniority and experience at the time of a quit or layoff on changes in the job match specific component of wages. We show that these returns are not identified in widely used regression models that relate the wage changes of stayers, quits, and layoffs to tenure and experience. We deal with the identification of problems in two ways. First, we obtain theoretical bounds on key unidentified parameters using a simple model of wages and mobility. Second, we check the implications of assumptions about the linear tenure slope for the estimates of the returns to tenure, experience, and the effect of tenure on job match gains. We have three main empirical findings. First, there is a large return to general labor market experience that is independent of job shopping. Second, the return to tenure is probably above the Altonji and Shakotko's (1987) estimate but far below OLS estimates. Third, quits results in substantial job match gains for inexperienced workers. Layoffs are associated with the substantial job match losses for workers who have been on the job for over a year.
  • RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4133
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  • English
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