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Labour market screening with intermediaries

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  • Schweinzer, Paul

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We consider a Rothschild-Stiglitz-Spence labour market screening model and employ a centralised mechanism to coordinate the efficient matching of workers to firms. This mechanism can be thought of as operated by a recruitment agency, an employment office or head hunter. In a centralised descending-bid, multi-item procurement auction, workers submitwage-bids for each job and are assigned stable jobs as equilibrium outcome. We compare this outcome to independent, sequential hiring by firms and conclude that, in general, a stable assignment can only be implemented if firms coordinate to some extent.

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Paper provided by Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich in its series Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems with number 138.

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Keywords: Matching; Multi-item auctions; Sequential auctions; Screening;

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  1. Thomas Kittsteiner & Jorg Nikutta & Eyal Winter, 2004. "Declining Valuations in Sequential Auctions," Discussion Paper Series dp385, The Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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