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Efficient Learning and Job Turnover in the Labor Market

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  • Fei Li

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

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This paper studies the dynamics of workers. on-the-job search behavior and its consequences in an equilibrium labor market. In a model with both directed search and learning about the match quality of firm-worker pairs, I highlight the job search target effect of learning: as a worker updates the evaluation of his current job, he adjusts his on-the-job search target, which results in a different job finding rate. This model generates a non-monotonic relation between the employment-to-employment transition rate and tenure, which provides a new explanation of the hump-shaped separation rate-tenure profile

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 13-023.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 19 Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:13-023

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Keywords: Learning; Directed Search; Job Turnover; On-the-job Search; Employment-to-employment Transition;

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