The Bright Side of Corporate Diversification: Evidence from Internal Labor Markets

Forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies

56 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Jan 2015

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Geoffrey A. Tate

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Liu Yang

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

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Date Written: January 15, 2015

Abstract

We document differences in human capital deployment between diversified and focused firms. We find that diversified firms have higher labor productivity and that they redeploy labor to industries with better prospects in response to changing opportunities. The opportunities and incentives provided in internal labor markets in turn affect the development of workers' human capital. We find that workers more frequently transition to other industries in which their diversified firms operate and with smaller wage losses than workers in the open market, even when they leave their original firms. Overall, internal labor markets provide a bright side to corporate diversification.

Keywords: Diversification, Internal Labor Market, Human Capital

JEL Classification: G30, G34, J24, J31, J63

Suggested Citation

Tate, Geoffrey A. and Yang, Liu A., The Bright Side of Corporate Diversification: Evidence from Internal Labor Markets (January 15, 2015). Forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1802895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1802895

Geoffrey A. Tate

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