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Joint Labor Economics and Macroeconomics Workshop - Isaac Sorkin

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:40am

Isaac Sorkin

Stanford University

115 Ives Hall


This paper estimates workers' preferences for firms by studying the structure of employer-to-employer transitions in U.S. administrative data. The paper uses a tool from numerical linear algebra to measure the central tendency of worker flows, which is closely related to the ranking of firms revealed by workers' choices. There is evidence for compensating differential when workers systematically move to lower-paying firms in a way that cannot be accounted for by layoffs or differences in recruiting intensity. Compensating differentials account for about 15% of the variance of earnings.

Event Categories: Labor Economics