Length of Service and the Operation of Internal Labor Markets

26 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2004

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Katharine G. Abraham

University of Maryland - Joint Program in Survey Methodology and Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

James L. Medoff

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 1983

Abstract

This paper presents a summary of the evidence which has recently been collected concerning the role of length of service in the operation of internal labor markets. It argues that these data are inconsistent with the human capital model of the experience-earnings and experience-layoff relationships. The paper concludes by asserting that if we are ever to fully understand the role of service, newdata are needed.

Suggested Citation

Abraham, Katharine G. and Medoff, James L., Length of Service and the Operation of Internal Labor Markets (March 1983). NBER Working Paper No. w1085, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=304813

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