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Therese Rebière
''Young workers' professional experience and access to high-skill jobs: a note''
( 2012, Vol. 32 No.1 )
The implications of on-the-job search and learning-by-doing of young workers are studied in a search-matching model. The labor market is segmented in two sub-markets: that of beginners, and that of experienced workers offering higher wages. After a long enough employment spell, beginners can search for a better-paying job in the experienced sub-market. Employment instability reduces upgrading opportunities for young workers, penalizing the overall economy. Under specific conditions this phenomenon is reinforced when firms are more fussy about workers' professional experience.
Keywords: learning-by-doing, on-the-job search, segmented labor market, youth employment.
JEL: J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies: General
J4 - Particular Labor Markets: General
Manuscript Received : Nov 07 2011 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 25 2012

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