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Vintage human capital and learning curves

  • Kredler, Matthias
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    I study a vintage-human-capital model in which long-lived workers accumulate human capital following an exogenous learning curve. Different skill levels inside a vintage are complementary in production; this makes the ex ante homogeneous workers enter different vintages. The continuous-time framework allows me to study the timing decision for the technology phase-out differentially and to derive sharp characterization for wages and the distribution of workers in the dying technology. I show how to posit and solve a planner's problem and construct equilibrium in this way. Consistent with empirical evidence, I show that the experience premium is always positive but diminishes as a technology ages. The connection between workers' learning curves and the technology's progress curve is characterized.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2014)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 154-178

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:40:y:2014:i:c:p:154-178
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2014.01.003
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