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Returns to Skills & Personnel Management: U.S. DOD Scientists and Engineers


Michael Gibbs


University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

March 2005

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1539

Abstract:     
Personnel records are used to examine compensation, recruitment, and retention of a group of very highly skilled workers: civilian scientists and engineers in U.S. Department of Defense laboratories. In contrast to the private sector, returns to skills were largely flat for this group from 1982-1996. Despite this, quality and performance of recruits relative to earlier cohorts, and of those retained relative to those who left, remained stable. One explanation is the importance of defense-industry-specific human capital. These results hold for three different pay plans, including the federal government's primary plan and two intended to introduce greater flexibility in personnel management.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: Compensation, skills, recruitment, retention

JEL Classification: J3

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Date posted: October 29, 2001  

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Gibbs, Michael, Returns to Skills & Personnel Management: U.S. DOD Scientists and Engineers (March 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1539. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=283223

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