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Oligopsonistic Cats and Dogs

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  • Gerda Dewit

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  • Dermot Leahy

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We study the strategic investment behaviour of oligopsonistic rivals in the labour market. Under wage competition, firms play "puppy dog" with productivityaugmenting investment and "fat cat" with supply-enhancing investment. Under employment competition, investing strategically always involves playing "top dog".

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 35 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 257-274

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:35:y:2009:i:3:p:257-274

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Keywords: Labour productivity augmenting investment; Labour supply augmenting investment; Oligopsony; Strategic behaviour;

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  1. Coccorese, Paolo, 2012. "Banks as ‘fat cats’: Branching and price decisions in a two-stage model of competition," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 64(5), pages 338-363.
  2. Domenico Tabasso, 2009. "Temporary Contracts and Monopsony Power in the UK Labour Market," Economics Discussion Papers 675, University of Essex, Department of Economics.

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