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The effect of match quality and specific experience on career decisions and wage growth

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  • Yamaguchi, Shintaro

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This paper constructs and estimates a career decision model where individuals search for both careers and firms that are a good match for their idiosyncratic skills using the NLSY79. It departs from previous papers in that career mobility decisions and participation decisions are explicitly modeled. I find substantial returns to career-specific experience. However, college graduates' wage grows little through career-match upgrading, which results in a lower incidence of career changes than high school graduates. The finding suggests that college graduates learn about their suitable careers before they enter a labor market.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 407-423

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:17:y:2010:i:2:p:407-423

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Keywords: Specific human capital Occupational choice Matching Structural estimation;

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  1. Daniel van Vuuren & Paul de Hek, 2010. "Are older workers overpaid? A literature review," CPB Discussion Paper 165, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  2. Kawaguchi, Daiji & Murao, Tetsushi, 2014. "Labor Market Institutions and Long-Term Effects of Youth Unemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 8156, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Shintaro Yamaguchi, 2009. "Career Progression and Comparative Advantage," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd08-025, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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