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Tenure, experience, human capital and wages: a tractable equilibrium search model of wage dynamics

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  • Jesper Bagger

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Francois Fontaine

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Jean-Marc Robin

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Sciences Po and University College London)

Abstract

We develop and estimate an equilibrium job search model of worker careers, allowing for human capital accumulation, employer heterogeneity and individual-level shocks. Career wage growth is decomposed into the contributions of human capital and job search, within and between jobs. Human capital accumulation is largest for highly educated workers, and both human capital accumulation and job search contribute to the observed concavity of wage-experience pro files. The contribution from job search to wage growth, both within- and between-job, declines over the fi rst ten years of a career- the `job-shopping' phase of a working life - after which workers settle into high-quality jobs and use outside off ers to generate gradual wage increases, thus reaping the benefi ts from competition between employers.

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  • Jesper Bagger & Francois Fontaine & Jean-Marc Robin, 2014. "Tenure, experience, human capital and wages: a tractable equilibrium search model of wage dynamics," CeMMAP working papers CWP12/14, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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