Selective hiring and welfare analysis in labor market models
AbstractFirms select not only how many, but also which workers to hire. Yet, in standard search models of the labor market, all workers have the same probability of being hired. We argue that selective hiring crucially affects welfare analysis. Our model is isomorphic to a search model under random hiring but allows for selective hiring. With selective hiring, the positive predictions of the model change very little, but the welfare costs of unemployment are much larger because unemployment risk is distributed unequally across workers. As a result, optimal unemployment insurance may be higher and welfare is lower if hiring is selective.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 1277.
Date of creation: Sep 2011
Date of revision: Jan 2012
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labor market models; welfare; optimal unemployment insurance;
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- Christian Merkl, Thijs van Rens, 2012. "Selective Hiring and Welfare Analysis in Labor Market Models," Kiel Working Papers 1752, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
- Merkl, Christian & van Rens, Thijs, 2012. "Selective Hiring and Welfare Analysis in Labor Market Models," IZA Discussion Papers 6294, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Christian Merkl & Thijs van Rens, 2012. "Selective hiring and welfare analysis in labor market models," Working Papers 570, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
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- J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
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