Tenure and Experience Effects on Wages: A Theory
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics
Melvyn G. Coles
University of Essex - Department of Economics; Autonomous University of Barcelona; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
October 13, 2010
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3203
This paper investigates equilibria in a labor market where firms post wage/tenure contracts and risk-averse workers, both employed and unemployed, search for better paid job opportunities. Different firms typically offer different contracts. Workers accumulate general human capital through learning-by-doing. With on-the-job search, a worker’s wage evolves endogenously over time through experience effects, tenure effects and quits to better paid employment. This equilibrium approach suggests how to identify econometrically between experience and tenure effects on worker wages.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: experience, tenure, search, equilibrium
JEL Classification: J41
Date posted: October 14, 2010
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