Length of Service and the Operation of Internal Labor Markets
Katharine G. Abraham and James L. Medoff ,
Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Industrial Relations Research Association

This paper presents a summary of the evidence which has recently been collected concerning the role of length of service in the operation of internal labor markets. It argues that these data are inconsistent with the human capital model of the experience-earnings and experience-layoff relationships. The paper concludes by asserting that if we are ever to fully understand the role of service, newdata are needed.

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