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Young workers' professional experience and access to high-skill jobs: a note


  • Therese Rebière

    () (LIRSA-CNAM and IZA)


The implications of on-the-job search and learning-by-doing of young workers are studied in a search-matching model. The labor market is segmented in two sub-markets: that of beginners, and that of experienced workers offering higher wages. After a long enough employment spell, beginners can search for a better-paying job in the experienced sub-market. Employment instability reduces upgrading opportunities for young workers, penalizing the overall economy. Under specific conditions this phenomenon is reinforced when firms are more fussy about workers' professional experience.

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  • Therese Rebière, 2012. "Young workers' professional experience and access to high-skill jobs: a note," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 969-980.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00802

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    1. Skuterud, Mikal, 2005. "Explaining the Increase in On-the-job Search," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2005250e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
    2. Robert H. Topel & Michael P. Ward, 1992. "Job Mobility and the Careers of Young Men," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 107(2), pages 439-479.
    3. Bruce C. Fallick & Charles A. Fleischman, 2004. "Employer-to-employer flows in the U.S. labor market: the complete picture of gross worker flows," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2004-34, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US).
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    learning-by-doing; on-the-job search; segmented labor market; youth employment.;

    JEL classification:

    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets


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