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Cohort Effects and Returns to Seniority in France


  • MARGOLIS, David N.


We examine empirically returns to seniority in France and estimate cohort effects in both firm specific compensation policies and returns to job seniority. We demonstrate the biases in several estimators of returns to seniority and show that allowing firm specific compensation policies and returns to seniority to vary by entry cohort uncovers patterns of variance within firm and within cohort in estimated intercepts and slopes that can be explained by no single theory.
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  • MARGOLIS, David N., 1995. "Cohort Effects and Returns to Seniority in France," Cahiers de recherche 9559, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:9559

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    1. David Margolis, 2006. "Should employment authorities worry about mergers and acquisitions?," Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer;Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, vol. 5(2), pages 167-194, August.
    2. Marc Gurgand & David Margolis, 2005. "Does work pay in France ? Monetary incentives and the guaranteed minimum income," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00193282, HAL.
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