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Why Do Wage Profiles Slope Upward? Tests of the General Human Capital Model

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  • Neumark, David
  • Taubman, Paul

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This article tests the implications of the general human capital that (1) at the individual level, there is a negative relationship between the initial wage level and wage growth of inexperienced workers and (2) at the market level, the ratio of the present values of wage profiles of investors and otherwise identical noninvestors equals one. The authors find a negative relationship between initial wage levels and wage growth, even after correcting for negative biases in existing estimates of this relationship. They also find that the ratio of the present values of rising wage profiles to flat wage profiles is generally close to one. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (1995)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 736-61

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:13:y:1995:i:4:p:736-61

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  1. David Neumark, 2001. "Age Discrimination Legislation in the United States," NBER Working Papers 8152, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Lydon, Reamonn & Walker, Ian, 2004. "Welfare-to-Work, Wages and Wage Growth," IZA Discussion Papers 1144, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Einarsson, T. & Marquis, M.H., 1996. "Formal Training, On-the-Job Training and the Allocation of Time," Working Papers 1996_06_01, Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  4. Mateusz Walewski, 2007. "Analysis of cross-country differences in the shape of the age-wage relationship with an attempt to tackle age-productivity differences within the EU," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0351, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  5. Rosemary Walker & Liviu Florea, 2014. "Easy-Come-Easy-Go: Moral Hazard in the Context of Return to Education," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 120(2), pages 201-217, March.
  6. George J. Borjas, 2000. "The Economic Progress of Immigrants," NBER Chapters, in: Issues in the Economics of Immigration, pages 15-50 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  8. Li, Gan & Jaeun, Shin & Qi, Li, 2010. "Initial Wage, Human Capital and Post Wage Differentials," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 51(2), pages 23-42, December.
  9. Mengistae, Taye, 1999. "The relative effects of skill formation and job matching on wage growth in Ethiopia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2104, The World Bank.
  10. Zwick, Thomas, 2011. "Seniority wages and establishment characteristics," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 853-861.

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