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Self-enforcing Wage Contracts

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  • Thomas, Jonathan
  • Worrall, Tim

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The authors examine long-term wage contracts between a risk-neutral firm and a risk-averse worker when both can costlessly renege and bu y or sell labor at a random spot market wage. A self-enforcing contract is one in which neither party ever has an incentive to renege. In th e optimum self-enforcing contract, wages are sticky: they are less variable than spot market wages and positively serially correlated. They are updated by a simple rule: around each spot wage is a time invariant interval, and the contract wage changes each period by the smallest amount necessary to bring it into current interval. Copyright 1988 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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Volume (Year): 55 (1988)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 541-54

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