IZA DP No. 4863: Earnings Progression, Human Capital and Incentives: Theory and Evidence
published as 'Incentives and Earnings Growth' in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013, 85 (1), 97-107
The career prospects of newly recruited employees differ substantially within an organization. The stars experience a considerable growth in earnings; others can hardly maintain their entry salaries. This article sheds light on the mechanisms generating the observed heterogeneity in earnings progression by investigating the effects of on-the-job human capital acquisition, explicit short-run incentives and career concern incentives on earnings progression. The model leads to predictions about the incentive structure and the progression in both cross-sectional and individual earnings which are supported by the empirical analysis based on personnel records from a large bank.