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Directed Search with Multiple Job Applications

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  • Manolis Galenianos

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Philipp Kircher

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    (Department of Economics, University of Bonn)

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We develop an equilibrium directed search model of the labor market where workers can simultaneously apply for multiple jobs. The main result is that all equilibria exhibit wage dispersion despite the fact that workers and firms are homogeneous. Wage dispersion is driven by the simultaneity of application choice. Risk-neutral workers apply for both ‘safe’ and ‘risky’ jobs. The former yield a high probability of a job offer, but for low pay, and act as a fallback option; the latter provide with higher potential payoff, but are harder to get. Furthermore, the density of posted wages is decreasing, consistent with stylized facts. Unlike most directed search models, the equilibria are not constrained efficient.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 05-022.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:05-022

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Keywords: Directed Search; Equilibrium Labor Search; Matching; Wage Dispersion; Portfolio Choice;

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