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Internal labor markets. A worker flow approach

Ingrid Huitfeldt, Andreas R. Kostøl, Jan Nimczik and Andrea Weber

Discussion Papers from Statistics Norway, Research Department

Abstract: This paper develops a new method to study how workers’ career and wage profiles are shaped by internal labor markets (ILM) and job hierarchies in firms. Our paper tackles the conceptual challenge of organizing jobs within firms into hierarchy levels by proposing a data-driven ranking method based on ob-served worker flows between occupations within firms. We apply our method to linked employer-employee data from Norway that records fine-grained occupational codes and tracks contract changes within firms. Our findings confirm existing evidence that is primarily based on case studies for single firms. We expand on this by documenting substantial heterogeneity in the structure and hierarchy of ILMs across a broad range of large firms. Our findings on wage and promotion dynamics in ILMs are consistent with models of careers in organizations

Keywords: Internal Labor Markets; Organization of Labor; Wage Setting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J62 M5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2021-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-hrm, nep-lma and nep-ure
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