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Equilibrium Unemployment and Wage Formation with Matching Frictions and Worker Moral Hazard

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  • Guillaume ROCHETEAU

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This paper synthesizes the shirking and the matching approaches of equilibrium unemployment in order to endogenize the wage formation process as a function of labour market conditions. The steady state equilibrium can take two forms depending on wether the no-shirking condition is binding or not. It is demonstrated that the efficiency wage approach is relevant when the unemployment rate is above a certain threshold. Futhermore, an efficiency wage is more likely when the disutility of effort is high, recruiting costs and workers' bargaining power are low, inspections are unlikely and the workers' productivity is weak.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 00.07.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2000
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Publication status: Published in Labor Economics, vol. 8 (1), Feb. 2001, pp. 75-102
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:00.07

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Keywords: equilibrium unemployment; matching model; moral hazard;

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  1. Pekka Sinko, 2002. "Labour Taxation, Tax Progression and Job Matching - Comparative Alternative Models of Wage Setting," Discussion Papers 285, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  2. Norikazu Tawara, 2008. "No-shirking Conditions in Frictional Labor Markets," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(1), pages 1-10.
  3. Longhi, Simonetta & Nijkamp, Peter & Reggiani, Aura & Blien, Uwe, 2002. "Forecasting regional labour markets in Germany: an evaluation of the performance of neural network analysis," ERSA conference papers ersa02p117, European Regional Science Association.
  4. James Costain & Marcel Jansen, 2010. "Employment Fluctuations with Downward Wage Rigidity: The Role of Moral Hazard," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 112(4), pages 782-811, December.
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  6. Moen, Espen R & Rosen, Asa, 2006. "Incentives in Competitive Search Equilibrium and Wage Rigidity," CEPR Discussion Papers 5554, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  7. Espen R. Moen & Asa Rosen, 2007. "Incentives in competitive search equilibrium," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19663, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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