The Dynamics of Job Separation: The Case of Federal Employees
In this paper we develop a model of workers' quit decisions. Using panel data on a sample of U.S. Federal government employees we use maximum-likelihood techniques to determine how much of the observed decline in quits with job tenure is a result of declining individual quit propensities (" state dependence") rather than dynamic sample self-selection (" heterogeneity"). The latter is found to be much more important than the former. The effects of relative Federal government wages and other variables on quits are also estimated. The results are useful for analyzing Federal compensation policies. Copyright 1990 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 5 (1990)
Issue (Month): 3 (July-Sept.)
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