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Commitment, advertising and efficiency of two-sided investment in competitive search equilibrium

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  • Adrian Masters

    (University at Albany, SUNY)

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This paper examines the role of commitment and advertising in the labor market for the determination of the levels of wages, human capital and physical capital. In a competitive search framework it is shown that when the characteristics of jobs or workers become common knowledge (so that the other side of the market can use those characteristics as a basis for search) the efficient outcome pertains. Which side of the market advertises a particular characteristic (or a requirement for that characteristic) does not matter for the outcomes. When there is no wage commitment but investments are common knowledge the Hosios condition is shown to bring about efficiency on every margin.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 260.

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Cited by:
  1. George J. Mailath & Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson, 2011. "Pricing and Investments in Matching Markets," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1810, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  2. Keisuke Kawata & Kentaro Nakajima & Yasuhiro Sato, 2013. "Analyzing the impact of labor market integration," IDEC DP2 Series 3-7, Hiroshima University, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC).
  3. George J. Mailath & Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson, 2013. "Premuneration Values and Investments in Matching Markets," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-060, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  4. Adrian Masters, 2012. "The value of leisure or disutility of work: Wage dispersion in a model of search with endogenous effort," Discussion Papers 12-07, University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics.
  5. Adrian Masters, 2010. "Money in a Model of Prior Production and Imperfectly Directed Search," Discussion Papers 10-11, University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics.

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