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Identifying Sorting in Practice

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  • Bartolucci, Cristian

    (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

  • Devicienti, Francesco

    (University of Turin)

  • Monzón, Ignacio

    (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Abstract

We propose a novel methodology to uncover the sorting pattern in the labor market. Our methodology exploits the additional information contained in profits, which complements the information from wages and transitions typically used in previous work. We identify the strength of sorting solely from a ranking of firms by profits. To discern the sign of sorting, we build a noisy ranking of workers from wage data. We provide a test for the sign of sorting that is consistent even with noise in worker rankings. We apply our approach to a panel data set that combines social security earnings records for workers in the Veneto region of Italy with detailed financial data for firms. We find robust evidence of positive sorting. The correlation between worker and firm types is about 52%.

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  • Bartolucci, Cristian & Devicienti, Francesco & Monzón, Ignacio, 2015. "Identifying Sorting in Practice," IZA Discussion Papers 9411, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    assortative matching; worker mobility; profits; matched employer-employee data;
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    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior

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