Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106556
Authors: 
Light, Audrey
McGee, Andrew
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8618
Abstract: 
We demonstrate that empirical evidence of employer learning is sensitive to how one defines the career start date and, in turn, measures cumulative work experience. Arcidiacono, Bayer, and Hizmo (2010) find evidence of employer learning for high school graduates but not for college graduates, and conclude that high levels of schooling reveal true productivity. We show that their choice of start date – based on first-observed school exit and often triggered by school vacations – systematically overstates experience and biases learning estimates towards zero for college-educated workers. Using career start dates tied to a more systematic definition of school exit, we find that employer learning is equally evident for high school and college graduates.
Subjects: 
employer learning
schooling
measurement
JEL: 
I21
J24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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