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Aversion to Inequality and Segregating Equilibria

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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)

Abstract

This working paper shows that models where preferences of individuals depend not only on their allocations, but also on the well-being of other persons, can produce both large and testable effects. We study the allocation to firms of workers with heterogeneous productivities to firms. We show that even small deviations from purely selfish preferences lead to widespread workplace skill segregation. This result holds for a broad class and distribution of social preferences. That is, workers of different abilities tend to work in different firms, as long as they care somewhat more about the utilities of workers who are close.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201083.

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Length: 31
Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201083

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Keywords: Contract theory; mechanism design; envy; social preferences; skill segregation.;

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