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Social Preferences, Skill Segregation and Wage Dynamics

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  • Cabrales Goitia Antonio

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    (UNIVERSITY CARLOS III OF MADRID)

  • Calvó-Armengol Antoni

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    (UNIVERSITY CARLOS III OF MADRID)

  • Pavoni Nicola

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    (POMPEU FABRA UNIVERSITY AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)

Abstract

We study the earning structure and the equilibrium assignment of workers to firms in a model where workers have social preferences and skills are perfectly substitutable in production. We allow firms to offer long-term contracts and for frictions in the labour market in the form of mobility costs. For low moving costs between firms, heterogeneous productivities lead to widespread workplace skill segregation and the whole market wage dispersion is explained by between firm differences. In a labor market with intermediate levels of mobility costs, segregation is more moderate and wage dispersion arises both within and across firms. For high levels of moving costs, the whole wage dispersion is within the firm and becomes zero when the moving costs are sufficiently high. We show that long-term contracts in the presence of social preferences associate within-firm wage dispersion with novel internal labor market features such as a dynamic form of wage compression, gradual promotions an dwage non-monotonicity.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201053.

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Length: 53
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201053

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Keywords: Contract theory; mechanism design; envy; social preferences; gradual promotions; dynamic wage structure.;

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  1. Alain Cohn & Ernst Fehr & Lorenz Goette, 2013. "Fair wages and effort provision: Combining evidence from the lab and the field," ECON - Working Papers 107, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
  2. Cabrales Goitia Antonio & Calvó-Armengol Antoni, 2007. "Aversion to Inequality and Segregating Equilibria," Working Papers 201083, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation.
  3. Oded Stark & Walter Hyll, 2011. "On the Economic Architecture of the Workplace: Repercussions of Social Comparisons among Heterogeneous Workers," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 29(2), pages 349 - 375.
  4. Antonio Cabrales & Raffaele Miniaci & Marco Piovesan & Giovanni Ponti, 2009. "Social Preferences and Strategic Uncertainty: An Experiment on Markets and Contracts," Working Papers 2009-09, FEDEA.
  5. Felix Bierbrauer & Nick Netzer, 2012. "Mechanism Design and Intentions," Working Paper Series in Economics 53, University of Cologne, Department of Economics, revised 21 Aug 2012.
  6. Cabrales, Antonio & Calvó-Armengol, Antoni, 2008. "Interdependent preferences and segregating equilibria," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 139(1), pages 99-113, March.
  7. Fredrik Andersson & Mónica García-Pérez & John C. Haltiwanger & Kristin McCue & Seth Sanders, 2010. "Workplace Concentration of Immigrants," NBER Working Papers 16544, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. Antonio Cabrales, 2010. "The causes and economic consequences of envy," SERIEs, Spanish Economic Association, vol. 1(4), pages 371-386, September.

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