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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Job spells, employer spells, and wage returns to tenure
Author(s): Devereux, Paul J
Hart, Robert A
Roberts, J Elizabeth
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Citation: Devereux PJ, Hart RA & Roberts JE (2013) Job spells, employer spells, and wage returns to tenure. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2013-01.
Keywords: Job spells
employer spells
wage-tenure profiles
JEL Code(s): J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
J24: Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2013
Date Deposited: 8-Jan-2013
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2013-01
Abstract: We show that the distinction between job spells and employer spells matters for returns to tenure. Employer spells encompass between-job wage movements linked to promotions or demotions while job spells don't. Using a 1% sample of the British workforce over the period 1975-2010, we find that a significant proportion of the return to employer tenure arises due to job changes within employer spells. Conditional on tenure with employer, the return to job tenure is negative. This suggests that any positive effects of job-specific human capital on wage growth within jobs are outweighed by the effects of job changes within firms.
Type: Working Paper
Affiliation: University College Dublin (UCD)

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