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Labor-Market Implications of Contracts under Moral Hazard

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  • Kangwoo Park

    (Seoul National University)

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    The optimal contract under moral hazard is embedded in a standard Mortensen-Pissarides matching model. Under standard assumptions, we show that when firms cannot perfectly observe workers' productivity the optimal contract can take the form of a debt contract exhibiting almost a fixed wage along the business cycle. When this contract is embedded in the standard matching model, the calibrated model generates a more stable wage and more volatile employment than the model with Nash bargaining.

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    Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 277.

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    1. James Costain & Marcel Jansen, 2006. "Employment fluctuations with downward wage rigidity: the role of moral hazard," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 0632, Banco de Espa�a.

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