Promotion, turnover, earnings, and firm-sponsored training

Hideo Owan*

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I develop a model in which different technological conditions lead to distinct equilibria with different patterns in labor mobility, promotion, earning distribution, and provision of firm-sponsored training. Key is the asymmetric learning of workers' characteristics. Because of the information that is conveyed to the market by promotion, firms have incentives to adopt strategic promotion policies, which result in different patterns in the use of internal labor market. The theory explains well the differences between the Japanese and the United States labor markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-978
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics


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