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Wage Dispersion and Labor Turnover with Adverse Selection

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  • Carlos Carrillo-Tudela
  • Leo Kaas

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We consider a model of on-the-job search where firms offer long-term wage contracts to workers of different ability. Firms do not observe worker ability upon hiring but learn it gradually over time. With sufficiently strong information frictions, low-wage firms offer separating contracts and hire all types of workers in equilibrium, whereas high-wage firms offer pooling contracts designed to retain high-ability workers only. Low-ability workers have higher turnover rates, they are more often employed in low-wage firms and face an earnings distribution with a higher frictional component. Furthermore, positive sorting obtains in equilibrium.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3562.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3562

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Keywords: adverse selection; on-the-job search; wage dispersion; sorting;

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