Searching for Better Prospects: Endogenizing Falling Job Tenure and Private Pension Coverage
Leora Friedberg, Michael T. Owyang, Tara M. Sinclair
Recent declines in job tenure have coincided with a shift away from traditional defined benefit (DB) pensions, which reward long tenure. Recent evidence also points to an increase in job-to-job movements by workers, and we document gains in relative wages of job-to-job movers over a similar period. We develop a search model in which firms may offer tenure-based contracts like DB pensions to reduce the incidence of costly on-the-job search by workers. Reduced search costs can, under fairly general conditions, lower the value of deterring search and the use of DB pensions.
Published: Leora Friedberg & Michael Owyang & Tara Sinclair, 2006. "Searching For Better Prospects: Endogenizing Falling Job Tenure and Private Pension Coverage," Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy, Berkeley Electronic Press, vol. 6(1), pages 1500-1500.