Earnings Progression, Human Capital and Incentives: Theory and Evidence
26 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2010
The career prospects of newly recruited employees differ substantially within an organization. The stars experience a considerable growth in earnings; others can hardly maintain their entry salaries. This article sheds light on the mechanisms generating the observed heterogeneity in earnings progression by investigating the effects of on-the-job human capital acquisition, explicit short-run incentives and career concern incentives on earnings progression. The model leads to predictions about the incentive structure and the progression in both cross-sectional and individual earnings which are supported by the empirical analysis based on personnel records from a large bank.
Keywords: explicit incentives, career concern incentives, performance, earnings dynamics, personnel economics
JEL Classification: J30, J41, M50
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