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Stepping Stone Mobility

Boyan Jovanovic () and Yaw Nyarko

Working Papers from C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University

Abstract: People at the top of an occupational ladder earn more partly because they have spent time on lower rungs, where they have learned something. But what precisely do they learn? There are two contrasting views: First, the "Bandit" model assumes that people are different, that experience reveals their caracteristics, and that consequently an occupational switch can result. Second, in our "Stepping Stone" model, experience raises a worker's productivity on a given task and the acquired skill can in part be transferred to other occupations, and this prompts movement.

Keywords: HUMAN; CAPITAL (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 D80 O12 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 1996
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