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Job competition, employability and incentives for human capital formation

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  • Adolfo Cristobal Campoamor

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This note describes the effects on human capital formation of rank-order tournaments offering identical prizes to a given number of the ranked contestants. This compensation scheme is thought to resemble the selection processes in different areas of the public administration, particularly in Southern European countries. In the presence of contestants with identical ability, the incentives for educational effort are highest when the variance of fiÂ…nal returns is maximized.

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  • Adolfo Cristobal Campoamor, 2015. "Job competition, employability and incentives for human capital formation," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(1), pages 550-560.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-14-01032
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    Keywords

    human capital; tournaments; imperfect information; public sector; contests;

    JEL classification:

    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General
    • M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics

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