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Sorting on Skills and Preferences: Tinbergen Meets Sattinger

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  • Arnaud Dupuy

    (ROA, IZA. Corresponding address: ROA, Maastricht University PO Box 616, NL-6200 MD, The Netherlands. Email: a.dupuy@maastrichtuniversity.nl.)

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This paper proposes an assignment model where sorting occurs on at- tributes that are simultaneously a skill (Sattinger, 1979) and a preference (Tinbergen, 1956). The key feature of this model is that the wage func- tion admits both jobs’ and workers’ attributes as arguments. Since this function is generically nonlinear (Ekeland et al., 2004), even under positive assortative matching, the correlation between the contribution of workers'’ attributes to wages and that of jobs’ attributes can vary from -1 to 1 de- pending on the parameters of the model, i.e. preference, technology and the distribution of both sets of attributes. The paper discusses a closed form solution of the model, presents conditions for the nonparametric identi cation of compensating wage di¤erentials and nonadditive marginal utility functions using observations from a single hedonic market and proposes a nonparametric estimator.

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Paper provided by Maastricht School of Management in its series Working Papers with number 2012/13.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:msm:wpaper:2012/13

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Keywords: Hedonic models; Compensating wage differentials; Personality traits; Firms and workers fi xed effects; Nonparametric Identi cation.;

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  1. James J. Heckman & Rosa L. Matzkin & Lars Nesheim, 2010. "Nonparametric Identification and Estimation of Nonadditive Hedonic Models," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 78(5), pages 1569-1591, 09.
  2. Amine Ouazad, 2008. "A2REG: Stata module to estimate models with two fixed effects," Statistical Software Components S456942, Boston College Department of Economics.
  3. Ivar Ekeland & James Heckman & Lars Nesheim, 2002. "Identifying hedonic models," CeMMAP working papers CWP06/02, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  4. Jeremy Lise & Costas Meghir & Jean-Marc Robin, 2013. "Matching, Sorting and Wages," Sciences Po publications 11, Sciences Po.
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  1. Philipp Kircher & Jan Eeckhout, 2009. "Identifying Sorting, In Theory," 2009 Meeting Papers 581, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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