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Economic Integration and Labor Market Institutions: Worker Mobility, Earnings Risk, and Contract Structure

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  • Schöb, Ronnie

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    (Free University of Berlin)

  • Wildasin, David

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    (University of Kentucky)

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This paper investigates the effects of labor market integration, in the form of worker mobility, in a model with long-term labor contracts that lead to wage rigidities and unemployment. Reflecting the interdependence of regional labor markets, we develop a general-equilibrium framework where the contract structure is simultaneously determined in all regions. It is shown that increased mobility leads to more flexible labor market institutions in which firms can more easily vary the level of employment in response to fluctuations in demand. Economic integration is potentially Pareto-improving but, in the absence of a system of compensation, workers are harmed by greater labor mobility while the owners of firms benefit from higher profits.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 945.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2003
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Publication status: published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2007, 37(2), 141-164
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  3. David E. Wildasin, 2000. "Factor mobility and fiscal policy in the EU: policy issues and analytical approaches," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 15(31), pages 337-378, October.
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