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Job mobility, wage dispersion, and technological change: An asymmetric information perspective

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    This paper develops a model of job mobility and wage dispersion with asymmetric information. Contrary to existing models in which the superior information of current employers leads to market collapse, this model generates a unique equilibrium outcome in which (a) positive turnover exists and (b) identical workers may be paid differently. The model implies that, in the presence of technological change that is skill-biased and favors general skills over firm-specific skills, the wage distribution becomes more spread out (corresponding to greater inequality) and job mobility increases.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 60 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 105-126

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:60:y:2013:i:c:p:105-126

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    Keywords: Asymmetric information; Inequality; Turnover;

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