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Equilibrium Directed Search with Multiple Applications

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  • Albrecht, James

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    (Georgetown University)

  • Gautier, Pieter

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Vroman, Susan

    ()
    (Georgetown University)

Abstract

We analyze a model of directed search in which unemployed job seekers observe all posted wages. We allow for the possibility of multiple applications by workers and ex post competition among vacancies. For any number of applications, there is a unique symmetric equilibrium in which vacancies post a common wage. When workers apply to only one vacancy, a single wage is paid and the resulting equilibrium is efficient. When workers make multiple applications, there is dispersion in wages paid, and equilibrium may be inefficient. We show that our results also hold in a steady-state version of the model.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 719.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2003
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Publication status: published in: Review of Economic Studies, 2006, 73 (4), 869-891
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp719

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