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On the Negative Correlation Between Performance and Experience and Education

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  • Andrew Weiss
  • Henry Landau

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We consider a model where a worker's productivity must exceed some lower bound for himto satisfy the minimum qualifications for a particular job. If the worker's productivity exceeds some upper bound he is promoted. We assume the productivity of every worker increases with experience, tenure and education. This relationship differs across workers. We present distributions of workers with the property that, among workers on a particular job, education, experience, or tenure is negatively correlated with productivity; even though for any single worker on that job those demographic characteristics have strongly positive effects on productivity. The result is due to the effect of the job assignment rule on the distribution of workers on the job.

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  • Andrew Weiss & Henry Landau, 1985. "On the Negative Correlation Between Performance and Experience and Education," NBER Working Papers 1613, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1613
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    1. Lazear, Edward P, 1981. "Agency, Earnings Profiles, Productivity, and Hours Restrictions," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 71(4), pages 606-620, September.
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    1. Bowman, William R. & Mehay, Stephen L., 1999. "Graduate education and employee performance: evidence from military personnel," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 453-463, October.

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