Do Long Tenure Workers Have Special Problems Following Job Displacement

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Christopher J Ruhm, Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article examines whether the adjustment problems that follow job displacement become more severe as preseparation tenure increases. Recent research using nation- ally representative samples generally finds that the independent effect of seniority is quite weak and is dwarfed by other factors such as ethnicity, gender, or regional economic conditions. There is some evidence that persons with very high seniority (over 20 years) suffer larger wage losses than do other workers and that they might also be expected to lose pension benefits under defined benefit plans. The findings provide no justification for the Bureau of Labor Statistics's narrow definition of displaced workers, which includes only persons with more than three years' seniority on preseparation employment.

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Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4, November 1989, 320-26
Language: English
Date: 1989
Job displacement, Preseparation tenure, Seniority, Ethnicity, Gender, Economy

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