Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202819
Authors: 
Bayer, Christian
Kuhn, Moritz
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 12473
Abstract: 
Wages grow and become more unequal as workers age. Economic theory focuses on worker investment in human capital, search for employers, and residual wage shocks to account for these life cycle wage dynamics. We highlight the importance of jobs: collections of tasks and duties defined by employers within the production process. We provide empirical evidence that climbing the career ladder toward jobs characterized by more responsibility, complexity, and autonomy accounts for the largest part of life cycle wage dynamics. It accounts for 50% of average wage growth, 50% of rising differences between gender, and virtually all of rising dispersion within gender over the life cycle.
Subjects: 
life cycle wage growth
wage inequality
career ladder
JEL: 
D33
E24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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