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Efficient Wage Dispersion

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  • Acemoglu, D.
  • Shimer, R.

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In market economies, identical workers appear to receive very different wages, violating the "law of one price" of Walrasian markets. We argue in this paper that in the absence of a Walrasian autioneers to coordinate trade": (i) wage dispersion among identical workers is very often an equilibrium phenomenon, (ii) such dispersion is necessary for market economy to function.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 97-25.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:97-25

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Keywords: WAGES ; LABOUR MARKET;

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Cited by:
  1. Ramon Marimon & Fabrizio Zilibotti, 1997. "Unemployment vs. Mismatch of Talents: Reconsidering Unemployment Benefits," NBER Working Papers 6038, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Daron Acemoglu & Robert Shimer, 1999. "Efficient Unemployment Insurance," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 107(5), pages 893-928, October.
  3. van den Berg, Gerard J., 2003. "Multiple Equilibria and Minimum Wages in Labor Markets with Informational Frictions and Heterogeneous Production Technologies," IZA Discussion Papers 806, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Postel-Vinay, Fabien & Robin, Jean-Marc, 2002. "Equilibrium Wage Dispersion with Worker and Employer Heterogeneity," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 3548, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Daron Acemoglu, 1999. "Changes in Unemployment and Wage Inequality: An Alternative Theory and Some Evidence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 89(5), pages 1259-1278, December.

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