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Alternative Models of Wage Dispersion

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We analyze labor market models where the law of one price does not hold-that is, models with equilibrium wage dispersion. We begin by assuming workers are ex ante heterogeneous, and highlight a flaw with this approach: if search is costly, the market shuts down. We then assume workers are homogeneous, but matches are ex post heterogeneous. This model is robust to search costs, and it delivers equilibrium wage dispersion. However, we prove the law of two prices holds: generically, we cannot get more than two wages. We explore several other models, including one combining ex ante and ex post heterogeneity, which is robust and can deliver more than two-point wage distributions.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/64.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/64

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  1. van den Berg, Gerard J. & van Vuuren, Aico, 2003. "The Effect of Search Frictions on Wages," IZA Discussion Papers 805, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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