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Empirical evidence on occupation and industry specific human capital

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Sullivan, Paul. 2010. "Empirical evidence on occupation and industry specific human capital." Labour Economics, 17(3): 567-580.

This paper presents instrumental variables estimates of the effects of firm tenure, occupation specific work experience, industry specific work experience, and general work experience on wages using data from the 1979 Cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth The estimates indicate that both occupation and industry specific human capital are key determinants of wages, and the importance of various types of human capital vanes widely across one-digit occupations Human capital is primarily occupation specific in occupations such as craftsmen, where workers realize a 14% increase in wages after five years of occupation specific experience but do not realize wage gains from industry specific experience. In contrast, human capital is primarily industry specific in other occupations such as managerial employment where workers realize a 23% wage increase after five years of industry specific work experience. In other occupations, such as professional employment, both occupation and industry specific human capital are key determinants of wages Published by Elsevier B V.

DOI:10.1016/j.labeco.2009.11.003 (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC2879094. (Pub Med Central)

Country of focus: United States of America.

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