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All Together Now: Leveraging Firms to Increase Worker Productivity Growth

Nathaniel Hilger

No 23905, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: I describe a new policy that endows firms with limited-duration, virtual shares in their own workers’ future realized earnings growth. The policy seeks to leverage employers to address a key challenge of the modern world: increasing worker skills well into adulthood. I label the policy “generalized experience rating” (GER) because it builds on the more narrow experience rating long embodied in the US unemployment insurance system. GER can be interpreted as a Pigouvian tax, and as a mandate alleviating an adverse selection problem. I discuss many design issues and potential unintended consequences. I conclude the policy may warrant further research.

JEL-codes: J38 J62 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-10
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