Within- and Cross-Firm Mobility and Earnings Growth

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  • 2012-01

    Submitted manuscript, 5.3 MB, PDF document

It is widely accepted that promotions within firms and mobility across firms lead to significant earnings progression. Existing research generally examined cross-firm mobility separately from hierarchical advancement. Yet, as our descriptive evidence from Danish panel data shows, how the two types of mobility interact is important for understanding earnings growth. Cross-firm moves at the non-executive level provide sizeable short-run earnings growth (similar to the effect of being promoted to an executive position). These gains, however, appear modest compared with the persistent impact on earnings growth of promotions (either within or across firms) and subsequent mobility at a higher hierarchy level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2012
SeriesICOA Working Papers Series

    Research areas

  • Earnings growth, promotions, matched employer-employee data, dynamic panel data models

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