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Labor market pooling, outsourcing and contracts in Chamberlinian regions

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  • PICARD, Pierre M.
  • WILDASIN, David E.

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Economic regions, such as urban agglomerations, face external demand and price shocks that produce income risk. Workers in large and diversified agglomerations may benefit from reduced wage volatility, while firms may outsource the production of intermediate goods and realize benefits from Chamberlinian externalities. Firms may also protect workers from wage risks through fixed wage contracts. This paper explores the relationships between firms' risks, workers' contracts, and the structure of production in cities.

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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 2006060.

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Date of creation: 00 Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2006060

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Keywords: labor market; labor contracts; Chamberlinian externalities;

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  1. Picard, Pierre M. & Wildasin, David E., 2011. "Outsourcing, labor market pooling, and labor contracts," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(1), pages 47-60, July.
  2. Pierre M. Picard & David E. Wildasin, 2009. "Labor Market Pooling, Outsourcing and Labor Contracts," CESifo Working Paper Series 2765, CESifo Group Munich.

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