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A way of explaining unemployment through a wage-setting game

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  • Tasnadi, Attila

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We investigate a duopsonistic wage-setting game in which the firms have a limited number of workplaces. We assume that the firms have heterogeneous productivity, that there are two types of workers with different reservation wages and that a worker's productivity is independent of his type. We show that equilibrium unemployment arises in the wage-setting game under certain conditions, although the efficient allocation of workers would result in full employment.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 191-203

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:12:y:2005:i:2:p:191-203

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