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Testing for asymmetric employer learning

Schönberg, U.; (2007) Testing for asymmetric employer learning. Journal of Labor Economics , 25 (4) pp. 651-692. 10.1086/522905. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent evidence suggests that employers acquire more precise information about a worker’s productivity the more time he or she spends in the labor market. The following question arises: Is learning symmetric, that is, do all employers have the same information about workers’ productivity, or is learning asymmetric, that is, does the current employer have superior information about workers’ productivity? This article develops a learning model with endogenous mobility that nests both learning hypotheses. It then proposes new tests for asymmetric employer learning. Overall, learning appears to be mostly symmetric, except possibly when the employees involved are college graduates.

Type: Article
Title: Testing for asymmetric employer learning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/522905
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/522905
Language: English
Additional information: © 2007 by The University of Chicago
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/17153
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