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Exploring the Causes of Frictional Wage Dispersion

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  • Volker Tjaden
  • Felix Wellschmied
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    Standard search models are inconsistent with the amount of frictional wage dis- persion found in U.S. data. We resolve this apparent puzzle by modeling skill development (learning by doing on the job, skill loss during unemployment) and duration dependence in unemployment benets in a random on the job search model featuring two-sided heterogeneity. The model's key parameters are calibrated using micro data on employment mobility and wages from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Our model is consistent with the amount of frictional wage dispersion found in the data. Skill develop- ment on the job is the most important driver behind this result. Meanwhile, firm heterogeneity never accounts for more than 20% of overall wage inequality within an age cohort.

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    Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse04_2011.

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    Length: 44
    Date of creation: May 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse04_2011

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    Keywords: Frictional wage dispersion; Search model; Heterogeneity;

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    1. Carrillo-Tudela, Carlos, 2012. "Job Search, Human Capital and Wage Inequality," IZA Discussion Papers 6949, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Exploring the Causes of Frictional Wage Dispersion
      by Christian Zimmermann in NEP-DGE blog on 2011-06-06 13:26:56

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