Years of Service and Probability of Promotion

31 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2004 Last revised: 7 Oct 2021

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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: August 1983

Abstract

This study provides evidence which we believe challenges some conventional assumptions about the promotion process. Based on survey information collected from a large random sample of U.S. private sector firms, we reach two main conclusions. First,seniority independent of productivity appears to play a significant role even in nonunion promotion decisions. Second, the differences between union and nonunion promotion processes, at least with regard to the weight assigned to seniority per se, appear to be important but less dramatic than is popularly supposed.

Suggested Citation

Abraham, Katharine G. and Medoff, James L., Years of Service and Probability of Promotion (August 1983). NBER Working Paper No. w1191, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=305571

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