Vacancy Durations and Entry Wages: Evidence from Linked Vacancy-Employer-Employee Data
77 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2018 Last revised: 20 Aug 2021
Date Written: October 2018
This paper explores the relationship between the duration of a vacancy and the starting wage of a new job, using linked data on vacancies, the posting establishments and the workers eventually filling the vacancies. The unique combination of large-scale, administrative worker-, establishment- and vacancy-data is critical for separating establishment- and job-level determinants of vacancy duration from worker-level heterogeneity. Conditional on worker observables, we find that vacancy duration is negatively correlated with the starting wage and its establishment component, with precisely estimated elasticities of -0.04 and -0.10, respectively. While the negative relationship is qualitatively consistent with models of wage posting, these elasticities are small, suggesting that firms’ wage policies can account only for a small fraction of the variation in vacancy filling across establishments.
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