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Career Spillovers in Internal Labor Markets

Abstract

This paper studies career spillovers across workers, which arise in firms with limited promotion opportunities. We exploit a 2011 Italian pension reform that unexpectedly tightened eligibility criteria for the public pension, leading to sudden, substantial, and heterogeneous retirement delays. Using administrative data on Italian private-sector workers, the analysis leverages cross-firm variation to isolate the effect of retirement delays among soon-to-retire workers on the wage growth and promotions of their colleagues. We find evidence of spillover patterns consistent with older workers blocking the careers of their younger colleagues. These effects are present only in firms with limited promotion opportunities.

Type

Working Paper

Author(s)

Nicola Bianchi, Giulia Bovini, Jin Li, Matteo Paradisi, Michael Powell

Date Published

2020

Citations

Bianchi, Nicola, Giulia Bovini, Jin Li, Matteo Paradisi, and Michael Powell. 2020. Career Spillovers in Internal Labor Markets.

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