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Commitment, advertising and efficiency of two-sided investment in competitive search equilibrium

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  • Masters, Adrian

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Competitive search entails both commitment to and advertising of pay-off relevant aspects of market participants. This paper considers incrementally the implications of each in a labor market where both workers and firms invest prior to market entry. A wide range of institutional arrangements are addressed within the same general framework. When the characteristics of jobs or workers are advertised the efficient outcome pertains. Commitment without advertising typically leads to market unravelling: the Diamond paradox. But, whenever wages and human capital are advertised, firms become residual claimants; the private and social returns to investment coincide. Absent wage commitment, the Hosios condition implies efficiency when investments are advertised.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 1017-1031

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:35:y:2011:i:7:p:1017-1031

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Cited by:
  1. George J. Mailath & Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson, 2011. "Pricing and Investments in Matching Markets," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1810, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  2. Keisuke Kawata & Kentaro Nakajima & Yasuhiro Sato, 2013. "Analyzing the impact of labor market integration," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 13-28, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  3. George J. Mailath & Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson, 2013. "Premuneration Values and Investments in Matching Markets," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-060, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  4. Adrian Masters, 2010. "Money in a Model of Prior Production and Imperfectly Directed Search," Discussion Papers 10-11, University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics.
  5. Adrian Masters, 2012. "The value of leisure or disutility of work: Wage dispersion in a model of search with endogenous effort," Discussion Papers 12-07, University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics.

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