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Dealing with monopsony power: the case for using employment subsidies

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  • STROBL, Eric
  • WALSH, Frank

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We show in a monopsony model that a minimum wage may raise hours which are already too high but has ambiguous effects on the number of employees and utility. Employment subsidies, in contrast, unambiguously improve worker utility and bring the market equilibrium closer to the efficient outcome.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2003079.

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Date of creation: 00 Nov 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2003079

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Keywords: monopsony power; minimum wages; employment subsidies;

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  1. Cyril Hariton & Gwenäel Piaser & Gwenaël Piaser, 2006. "When Redistribution Leads to Regressive Taxation," Working Papers 2006_30, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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