Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21315
Authors: 
Gibbs, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1539
Abstract: 
Personnel records are used to examine compensation, recruitment, and retention of a group of very highly skilled workers: civilian scientists and engineers in U.S. Department of Defense laboratories. In contrast to the private sector, returns to skills were largely flat for this group from 1982-1996. Despite this, quality and performance of recruits relative to earlier cohorts, and of those retained relative to those who left, remained stable. One explanation is the importance of defense-industry-specific human capital. These results hold for three different pay plans, including the federal government?s primary plan and two intended to introduce greater flexibility in personnel management.
Subjects: 
returns to skills
personnel
workforce quality
JEL: 
J44
J31
J24
J45
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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