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Reservation wages, market wages and unemployment: Analysis of individual level panel data

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  • Brown, Sarah
  • Taylor, Karl

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Using individual level panel data, we analyse the divergence between the reservation wages of individuals who are out of work and their predicted market wages, focusing upon identifying the factors that influence the potential divergence. In addition, using propensity score matching techniques, we explore the implications of such divergences for future employment and wages. Our findings suggest that having reservation wages that are high relative to the predicted market wage influence both future employment and future wages.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 1317-1327

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:28:y:2011:i:3:p:1317-1327

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Keywords: Expected wages Reservation wages Unemployment;

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  1. Jaylson Jair Da Silveira & Gilberto Tadeu Lima, 2014. "Endogenous Labor Effort And Wage Differentials In A Dynamic Model Of Capacity Utilization And Economic Growth," Anais do XLI Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 41th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 095, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].

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