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Nicolas Williams

Department of Economics
University of Cincinnati
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Cincinnati, OH 45221-0371

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August 1992The Effects of Labor Market Experience, Job Seniority, and Job Mobility on Wage Growth
with Joseph G. Altonji: w4133
This paper studies the returns to seniority, the returns to experience, and the effects of seniority and experience at the time of a quit or layoff on changes in the job match specific component of wages. We show that these returns are not identified in widely used regression models that relate the wage changes of stayers, quits, and layoffs to tenure and experience. We deal with the identification of problems in two ways. First, we obtain theoretical bounds on key unidentified parameters using a simple model of wages and mobility. Second, we check the implications of assumptions about the linear tenure slope for the estimates of the returns to tenure, experience, and the effect of tenure on job match gains. We have three main empirical findings. First, there is a large return to general l...

Published: Altonji, Joseph G. and Nicolas Williams. "The Effects of Labor Market Experience, Job Seniority and Mobility on Wage Growth." Research in Labor Economics 17 (1998): 233-276.

 
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