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Cohort Effects and Returns to Seniority in France

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  • MARGOLIS, David N.

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We examine empirically returns to seniority in France and estimate cohort effects in both firm specific compensation policies and returns to job seniority. We demonstrate the biases in several estimators of returns to seniority and show that allowing firm specific compensation policies and returns to seniority to vary by entry cohort uncovers patterns of variance within firm and within cohort in estimated intercepts and slopes that can be explained by no single theory.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 9559.

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Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:9559

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  1. Nicolas Williams, 2004. "Seniority, Experience, and Wages in the UK," University of Cincinnati, Economics Working Papers Series 2004-06, University of Cincinnati, Department of Economics.
  2. Stephen Bazen, 2001. "Youth and Earnings Mobility: the Case of France in a comparative Framework," LoWER Working Papers wp3, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
  3. David N. Margolis, 2006. "Should employment authorities worry about mergers and acquisitions ?," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques bla06015a, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
  4. Marc Gurgand & David Margolis, 2008. "Does Work Pay in France? Monetary Incentives, Hours Constraints and the Guaranteed Minimum Income," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00202299, HAL.
  5. Zwick, Thomas, 2009. "Why Pay Seniority Wages?," ZEW Discussion Papers 09-005, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  6. Jean-Michel Plassard & Philippe Lemistre, 2002. "Stratégies de mobilité et rendements de l'ancienneté en France," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 155(4), pages 45-60.
  7. Marc Gurgand & David Margolis, 2005. "Does work pay in France ? Monetary incentives and the guaranteed minimum income," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00193282, HAL.
  8. Givord, Pauline & Maurin, Eric, 2003. "Job Tenure, Wages and Technology: A Reassessment Using Matched Worker-Firm Panel Data," CEPR Discussion Papers 4147, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  9. Zwick, Thomas, 2011. "Seniority wages and establishment characteristics," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 853-861.
  10. Torbjørn Hægeland, 2001. "Experience and Schooling: Substitutes or Complements?," Discussion Papers 301, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  11. Amigues, J.-P. & Favard, P. & Gaudet, G. & Moreaux, M., 1996. "On The Optimal Order of Natural Resourse Use When the Capacity of the Inexhaustible Substitute is Limited," Papers 96.431, Toulouse - GREMAQ.
  12. K. Dachraoui & G. Dionne, 1999. "Capital structures and compensation policies," THEMA Working Papers 99-28, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

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