Efficient Ways to Finance Human Capital Investments
AbstractStandard theory predicts that, if wages are determined by bargaining, workers underinvest in human capital, as they bear all the investment costs yet receive only a share less than one of the return. The author shows that this result depends on the way the investments are financed. He introduces contingent loans, which do not accumulate interest if the borrower is unemployed. When the investments are financed by such loans, the interest payments are regarded as a (negative) part of the surplus the agents bargain over. As a result, a worker pays the same share of the interest as he receives of the return. Copyright 1998 by The London School of Economics and Political Science
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Volume (Year): 65 (1998)
Issue (Month): 260 (November)
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- Moen, E.R., 1996. "Efficient Ways to Finance Human Capital Investments," Memorandum 21/1996, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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- J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
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