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Severance Payments and Firm-Specific Human Capital

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An increase in legally binding severance payments creates both an incentive and a disincentive for workers to invest in firmspecific human capital. Which effect prevails on balance depends on the productivity of the worker’s human capital investment. For strong positive reactions, increases in severance payments can even be mutually beneficial for workers and firms.

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  • Peter Rühmann & Jens Südekum, 2001. "Severance Payments and Firm-Specific Human Capital," Departmental Discussion Papers 111, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
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    Severance Payments; Employment Protection; Human Capital;

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    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics

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