Working Paper Series, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
Klaus J Brösamle
Paths to higher office: evidence from the Swedish Civil Service
() and Oskar Nordström Skans
Abstract: The paper analyzes the relationship between career path
characteristics of civil servants and their career success. Following a
description of the institutional setting and some qualitative evidence on
typical paths to the top, we use data that follows the careers of all
Swedish civil servants for up to 24 years to document a clear link between
early mobility and later success. Controlling for a wide range of other
factors, incidents of inter-organizational mobility within the
administration, but also interchanges between the administrative and other
sectors are positively associated with becoming a senior government ocial.
We also show that the positive association between mobility and future
success is smaller for more educated workers, which is consistent with
signalling effects driving the link between mobility and career success.
Keywords: public sector employment; job mobility; internal labour markets; signalling; promotions; Swedish civil service; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J45; J62; M51; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, September 26, 2011
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