Wage dynamics and promotions inside and between firms

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Abstract

We focus on the dynamic relation between wage increases, promotions and job changes. In the empirical analyses, we use the Portuguese-matched employer-employee data Quadros de Pessoal. We find substantial wage returns to both promotions and job-to-job transitions. Our results are not consistent with models of full information and symmetric learning in a competitive and frictionless market. This might suggest that there is asymmetric information. An alternative explanation is that workers might search for a good match. Finally, we show that employer-reported promotions differ to a large extent from changes in hierarchical levels. © 2010 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1513-1548
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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