publication . Report . Preprint . 1983

Years of Service and Probability of Promotion

Katharine G. Abraham; James L. Medoff;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 1983
  • Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
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.

Abraham, Katharine G. and James L. Medoff, "Length of Service, Terminations and the Nature of the Employment Relationship", mimeo, January 1983. [OpenAIRE]

Becker, Gary S., Human Capital, 2nd ed., New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1975.

Bureau of National Affairs, "Basic Patterns in Seniority Provisions," Daily Labor Report, March 25, 1983, pp. El-E2.

Dean, Edwin, "Implicit Contracting, Union Strength, and Seniority," mimeo, Industrial Relations Research Association, Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting, December 1982.

Medoff, James and Katharine Abraham, "Are Those Paid More Really More Productive?: The Case of Experience," Journal of Human Resources, XVI (Spring 1981), pp. 186-216. [OpenAIRE]

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publication . Report . Preprint . 1983

Years of Service and Probability of Promotion

Katharine G. Abraham; James L. Medoff;