Selective hiring and welfare analysis in labor market models
AbstractFirms select not only how many, but also which workers to hire. Yet, in standard labor market models, all workers have the same probability of being hired. We argue that selective hiring crucially affects welfare analysis. Our model is isomorphic to a standard search and matching model under random hiring but allows for selective hiring. With selective hiring, the positive predictions of the model change very little, but the welfare costs of unemployment are much larger because unemployment risk is distributed unequally across workers. As a result, optimal unemployment insurance may be higher and welfare is lower if hiring is selective.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 570.
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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labor market models; welfare; optimal unemployment insurance;
Other versions of this item:
- Merkl, Christian & van Rens, Thijs, 2012. "Selective Hiring and Welfare Analysis in Labor Market Models," IZA Discussion Papers 6294, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Christian Merkl, Thijs van Rens, 2012. "Selective Hiring and Welfare Analysis in Labor Market Models," Kiel Working Papers 1752, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
- Christian Merkl & Thijs van Rens, 2011. "Selective hiring and welfare analysis in labor market models," Economics Working Papers, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 1277, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Jan 2012.
- E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution
- J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
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- Regis Barnichon & Andrew Figura, 2013.
"Labor Market Heterogeneity and the Aggregate Matching Function,"
727, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
- Régis Barnichon & Andrew Figura, 2010. "Labor market heterogeneity and the aggregate matching function," Economics Working Papers, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 1395, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Sep 2013.
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