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Multi-Levels Bargaining and Efficiency in Search Economies

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  • Olivier Lharidon

    (University of Rennes 1 - CREM-CNRS)

  • Franck Malherbet

    (Ecole Polytechnique)

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In this note, we extend the traditional search and matching framework to take account of the different levels at which negotiations may take place. We show that, in the absence of any distortion, sector-level bargaining ought to be less efficient than bargaining taking place at the other levels. This type of inefficiency leaves room for labor market policies. We show that a well designed combination of employment protection, hiring subsidy and payroll tax is able to restore efficiency. In addition, this result suggests that the relationship between the labor market performance and the level at which bargaining takes place is conditional on labor market institutions.

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Paper provided by Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS in its series Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) with number 201124.

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Keywords: Search and Matching Models; Bargaining Levels; Labor Market Policies;

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