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Efficiency Wage Models of Unemployment--One View

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  • Carmichael, H Lorne

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Persistent wage rigidity and involuntary unemployment appear to be recurrent problems in most economies. What could be preventing the wage adjustment necessary to clear the labor market? Many recent papers claim to have found the answer in efficiency wage models. This paper surveys this literature and attempts to evaluate its accomplishments. It concludes that the efficiency wage models fail to explain wage rigidity or persistent involuntary unemployment. Copyright 1990 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 28 (1990)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 269-95

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:28:y:1990:i:2:p:269-95

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