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Fairness, Search Frictions, and Offshoring

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  • Mitra Devashish

    () (Department of Economics, Syracuse University, 110 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA; CESifo, Munich, Germany and IZA, Bonn, Germany)

  • Ranjan Priya

    () (Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA)

Abstract

Abstract: Fairness considerations are introduced into the determination of wages in a two factor Pissarides-style model of search unemployment to study its implications for the unemployment rates of unskilled and skilled workers in both the closed economy case and when the economy can offshore some inputs. Both fairness concerns and offshoring of jobs done by unskilled workers create the overhiring effect for skilled workers. An increase in the concern for fairness in the closed economy increases the cost of hiring unskilled workers and increases the unemployment rates of both types of workers; however, wage inequality decreases. In the open economy case, an increase in the concern for fairness leads to greater offshoring which prevents skilled unemployment from increasing, but the unemployment of unskilled workers increases. A reduction in the cost of offshoring also increases offshoring and increases the unemployment of unskilled workers, but has a positive effect on skilled workers. Due to the presence of an overhiring effect in the hiring of skilled workers for both offshoring and non-offshoring firms, skilled workers experience higher wages and lower unemployment. The opposite movements in skilled and unskilled unemployment render the net effect ambiguous. Even though wage inequality increases, the impact on the wages of unskilled workers is ambiguous.

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  • Mitra Devashish & Ranjan Priya, 2013. "Fairness, Search Frictions, and Offshoring," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 137-172, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:13:y:2013:i:1:p:137-172:n:10
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    1. Agnese, Pablo & Hromcová, Jana, 2016. "Low-skill offshoring and welfare compensation policies," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 52(PB), pages 408-426.

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    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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