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Tenure and employment contracts: An empirical investigation

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  • Harminder Battu
  • Robert McMaster
  • Michael White
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    This paper exploits a unique data set to explore the importance of key contractual characteristics on the duration of employment tenure. The paper recognises the insights of the human capital and job-matching approaches in informing discussion on employment tenure. Nevertheless, this paper argues that features of the contractual arrangements between employer and employee have been under-emphasised. The paper demonstrates that key features of contracts such as job security develop simultaneously with tenure. A clear lock-in effect is observed in the results.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Journal of Economic Studies.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 131-149

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:29:y:2002:i:2:p:131-149

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    Keywords: Employee relations; Employment; Job evaluation; Security;

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    Cited by:
    1. Boockmann, Bernhard & Steffes, Susanne, 2008. "Workers, Firms, or Institutions: What Determines Job Duration for Male Employees in Germany?," ZEW Discussion Papers 08-116, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Daniel F. Heuermann, 2009. "Career Networks and Job Matching - Evidence on the Microeconomic Foundations of Human Capital Externalities," IAAEG Discussion Papers until 2011 200901, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).
    3. Boockmann, Bernhard & Steffes, Susanne, 2007. "Seniority and Job Stability: A Quantile Regression Approach Using Matched Employer-Employee Data," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-014, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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