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Insurance Between Firms: The Role of Internal Labor Markets

Giacinta Cestone (), Chiara Fumagalli, Francis Kramaz and Giovanni Pica
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Giacinta Cestone: Cass Business School, CSEF and ECGI
Chiara Fumagalli: Università Bocconi, CSEF and CEPR, http://www.csef.it/Fumagalli
Francis Kramaz: Crest, ENSAE and CEPR

CSEF Working Papers from Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy

Abstract: We investigate how Internal Labor Markets (ILMs) allow complex organizations to accommodate positive and negative shocks calling for costly labor adjustments. Adverse shocks affecting one unit in the organization are shown to increase workers' mobility to other units rather than external firms, with stricter employment protection in the adversely hit unit causing an additional increase in internal mobility. The ILM response to adverse shocks is also stronger when the receiving units in the organization are more productive and have a better financing capacity. We also find that affiliated units faced with positive shocks to their growth opportunities rely on the ILM for new hires, especially managers in the top layers of the organization and other high-skilled workers, thus overcoming human capital bottlenecks that may curb growth. ILMs therefore emerge as a co-insurance mechanism within organizations, allowing them to bypass both firing and hiring frictions, and providing job stability to employees as a by-product.

Keywords: Internal Labor Markets; Organizations; Business Groups (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G30 L22 J08 J40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hrm, nep-lab and nep-lma
Date: 2015-01-22, Revised 2017-02-15
Note: An earlier version of this paper was circulated under the title "(Why) Are Internal Labor Markets Active in French Business Groups".
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