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Market Imperfections and Wage Inequality

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  • Sandén, Klas

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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    This paper investigates the relationship between various market imperfections and the skill premium. The model in this paper assumes perfectly competitive labor markets but distorted product and financial markets. The model predicts that the skill premium is positively correlated with market power, modeled using preference for variety, and shorter product cycles. The effect from financial market distortions or taxes on financial income is ambiguous. Positive external effects among firms developing new goods decrease the skill premium.

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    Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 264.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 10 Sep 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0264

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    Keywords: Wage Inequality; Monopolistic Competition; Innovation;

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