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Sorting and the Output Loss due to Search Frictions

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  • Pieter A. Gautier

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Coen N. Teulings

    (Netherlands Bureau of Policy Analysis CPB, The Hague, and University of Amsterdam)

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We analyze a general search model with on-the-job search and sorting of heterogeneous workers into heterogeneous jobs. This model yields a simple relationshipbetween (i) the unemployment rate, (ii) the value of non-market time, and (iii) themax-mean wage differential. The latter measure of wage dispersion is more robustthan measures based on the reservation wage, due to the long left tail of the wagedistribution. We estimate this wage differential using data on match quality andallow for measurement error. The estimated wage dispersion and mismatch for theUS is consistent with an unemployment rate of 5%. Finally, we find that withoutsearch frictions, output would be 6.6% higher.

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Date of creation: 14 Jan 2011
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Keywords: Sorting; search frictions; wage dispersion; unemployment; mismatch; on-the-job search; output loss; business stealing;

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  1. Cai, Xiaoming & Gautier, Pieter A. & Teulings, Coen N. & Watanabe, Makoto, 2014. "Collective versus decentralized wage bargaining and the efficient allocation of resources," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 34-42.
  2. Jeremy Lise & Costas Meghir & Jean-Marc Robin, 2013. "Mismatch, Sorting and Wage Dynamics," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1886, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  3. William Hawkins, 2013. "Worker Flows under Mismatch," 2013 Meeting Papers 479, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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