New Evidence on Implicit Contracts from Linked Employer-Employee Data
We improve the precision of the implicit contract model test proposed by Beaudry and DiNardo (1991) . Our dataset allows us to define the exact industry and plant of a particular employment relationship, link local labor market characteristics to individual-level wages, and control for composition effects. We find evidence in favor of the spot-market model of wage setting in the whole sample, but there is significant variation across industries and education levels. In particular, the spot market matters most for low-skill workers, while the implicit contract model with one-sided limited commitment applies better to high-skill workers. Copyright © The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2010 .
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Volume (Year): 112 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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