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Labour market discrimination as an agency cost

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  • Pierre-Guillaume Méon
  • Ariane Szafarz

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This paper studies labour market discriminations as an agency problem. It sets up a principal-agent model of a firm, where the manager is a taste discriminator and has to make unobservable hiring decisions that determine the shareholder’s profits because workers differ in skills. The paper shows that performance-based contracts may moderate the manager’s propensity to discriminate, but that it is unlikely to fully eliminate discrimination.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 08-019.RS.

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Length: 26 p.
Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Publication status: Published by: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB)
Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:08-019

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Keywords: discrimination; agency theory; hiring.;

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