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Job mobility and careers in firms

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  • Suman Ghosh

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    (Department of Economics, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University)

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This paper presents a theoretical model that combines employers learning about worker productivity, human capital acquisition, job-assignment and resolution of worker uncertainty regarding disutility of work from a job, to show how widely documented findings on both wage and promotion dynamics and turnover can be captured in a single set-up. Specifically we show how our model can capture results such as; probability of turnover decreases with labor market experience, wage changes during job changes is more in earlier periods, serial correlation in wages and probability of promotion increases in wages, amongst others.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University in its series Working Papers with number 04025.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2004
Date of revision: Jul 2006
Publication status: Forthcoming in Labour Economics
Handle: RePEc:fal:wpaper:04025

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Keywords: Turnover; Internal labor markets; Human capital;

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Cited by:
  1. Robert Gibbons & Michael Waldman, 2006. "Enriching a Theory of Wage and Promotion Dynamics inside Firms," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 24(1), pages 59-108, January.
  2. Michael Waldman, 2012. "Theory and Evidence in Internal LaborMarkets
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  3. Antonio Dias da Silva & Bas van der Klaauw, 2006. "Wage Dynamics and Promotions inside and between Firms," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 06-084/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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