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The Determinants of Employee Productivity and Earnings: Some New Evidence

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  • Harry J. Holzer

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This paper uses data from a nationwide sample of firms on employee wages and characteristics to reexamine the determinants of employee productivity and earnings. The data include several measures of job experience, training, and both worker and firm characteristics as well as subjective employer productivity ratings and earnings of workers. Given observations on the same individual at different points in time, we can consider both levels and changes in earnings and productivity, with various firm- and job-specific effects eliminated from the latter. The results show that: 1) Both previous experience and tenure in the current job have significant, positive effects on wages and productivity. Previous experience effects are found primarily on levels of wages and productivity while tenure affects occur for both current levels and changes. 2) Hours of training are positively related to productivity and wage growth but generally not to levels of either. 3) Among demographic characteristics, we find productivity growth and current productivity levels to be slightly higher for females while their wages are significantly lower. Other determinants of earnings and productivity ratings (e.g., such as various types of incentive pay and the fraction unionized) are considered here as well.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2782.

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Date of creation: Dec 1988
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Publication status: Published as "The Determinants of Employee Productivity and Earnings", IR, Vol. 29, no. 3 (1990): 403-422.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2782

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  1. Harry J. Holzer, 1990. "Wages, employer costs, and employee performance in the firm," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 43(3), pages 147-164, February.
  2. Jacob Mincer, 1989. "Job Training: Costs, Returns, and Wage Profiles," NBER Working Papers 3208, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Groot, Wim, 1995. "Type specific returns to enterprise-related training," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 14(4), pages 323-333, December.
  4. Ponzo, Michela & Scoppa, Vincenzo, 2008. "The Use of Informal Networks in Italian Labor Markets: Efficiency or Favoritisms?," MPRA Paper 11764, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Paul Decker & Jennifer King Rice & Mary T. Moore, 1997. "Education and the Economy: An Indicators Report," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 1766, Mathematica Policy Research.

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