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The effect of performance on a worker's career: Evidence from minor-league baseball

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  • Stephen J. Spurr
  • William Barber

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The authors analyze the promotion, demotion, and turnover of pitchers in baseball's minor leagues-a labor market for which exceptionally good data on performance are available-in the years 1975-88. They find that the time between a player's assignment to one league and promotion or demotion to another (or exit from professional baseball) declined as his performance deviated from the mean, in either a positive or negative direction. Also negatively associated with the time required to make a determination about a pitcher's ability was his age, which the authors use as a proxy for experience. Pitchers' ages did not, however, affect the highest league level in which they ultimately played. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

Volume (Year): 47 (1994)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 692-708

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:47:y:1994:i:4:p:692-708

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  1. Stefan Goeke & Joachim Prinz & Daniel Weimar, 2014. "Diamonds are Forever: Job-Matching and Career Success of Young Workers," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 234(4), pages 450-473, July.
  2. William Witnauer & Richard Rogers & Jarron Saint Onge, 2007. "Major league baseball career length in the 20th century," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 26(4), pages 371-386, August.
  3. Rosemary Walker, 2005. "Empirical analysis of up-or-out rules for promotion policies," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer, vol. 29(2), pages 172-186, June.
  4. Marcel-Cristian Voia & Mihailo Radoman, 2013. "Youth Training Programs and their Impact on Career and Spell Duration of Professional Soccer Players," Carleton Economic Papers 13-01, Carleton University, Department of Economics.
  5. Canice Prendergast, 1996. "What Happens Within Firms? A Survey of Empirical Evidence on Compensation Policies," NBER Working Papers 5802, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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