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  • Mortensen, Dale T.

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A plausible micro foundation for the matching function, postulated in models of equilibrium unemployment, is proposed. The flow of matches formed is an increasing and concave function of the number of jobs and workers to be matched holding the other constant, but exhibits increasing to scale. Nevertheless, the function is consistent with the observed Beveridge curve and the log linear relationship between the job finding rate and the vacancy-unemployment ratio. Although a market equilibrium in which wages are determined by ex post auctions is not constrained efficient, a modified auction exists that decentralizes the solution to the social planner's problem.

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Volume (Year): 144 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 2336-2353

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:144:y:2009:i:6:p:2336-2353

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Keywords: Matching function Beveridge curve Constrained efficiency Equilibrium unemployment;

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  1. Carlos Carrillo-Tudela & Ludo Visschers, 2013. "Unemployment and Endogenous Reallocation over the Business Cycle," CESifo Working Paper Series 4079, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Álvarez de Toledo, Pablo & Núñez, Fernando & Usabiaga, Carlos, 2013. "Labour Market Segmentation, Clusters, Mobility and Unemployment Duration with Individual Microdata," MPRA Paper 46003, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Carlos Usabiaga & Fernando Núñez & Pablo Álvarez de Toledo, 2013. "Segmentación del mercado de trabajo, clusters, movilidad y duración de desempleo con datos individuales," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2013/02, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
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  5. Benoit Julien & John Kennes & Moritz Ritter, 2013. "Bidding for Clubs," Economics Working Papers 2013-19, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  6. Kaas, Leo, 2008. "Variable Search Intensity in an Economy with Coordination Unemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 3697, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Moritz Ritter & John Kennes & Benoit Julien, 2013. "Bidding for Teams," 2013 Meeting Papers 989, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  8. Álvarez de Toledo, Pablo & Núñez, Fernando & Usabiaga, Carlos, 2014. "An empirical approach on labour segmentation. Applications with individual duration data," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 252-267.
  9. Ohanian, Lee E. & Prescott, Edward C. & Stokey, Nancy L., 2009. "Introduction to dynamic general equilibrium," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 144(6), pages 2235-2246, November.
  10. Bauer, Anja, 2013. "Mismatch unemployment : evidence from Germany 2000-2010," IAB Discussion Paper 201310, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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