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Quitting Externalities with Uncertainty about Future Productivity

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  • Booth, Alison L
  • Zoega, Gylfi

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This paper looks at the effect of quitting on the number of workers trained under conditions of uncertainty about future productivity when workers have both firm-specific and industry-specific skills. A new effect is found which works in the opposite direction to the undertraining result of Stevens (1994, 1995): A high quit rate makes investment in training less irreversible in the presence of firing costs and hence also less risky. This effect makes firms start hiring new workers at a lower level of productivity and hire more workers for a given increase in productivity. A rise in the quit rate can now either decrease or increase the number of trained workers.

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  • Booth, Alison L & Zoega, Gylfi, 1996. "Quitting Externalities with Uncertainty about Future Productivity," CEPR Discussion Papers 1360, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1360
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    Keywords

    Quitting Externalities; Uncertainty; Under-investment;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts

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