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Wage Profiles and Imperfect Capital Markets: A Positive Analysis

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  • B. Mak Arvin
  • Richard J. Arnott

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This paper examines the structure of long-term employment contracts when labor is mobile and risk averse, employers are unable to monitor workers' outside job offers, workers cannot borrow against future income, and workers' productivity is increasing in the length of service with the long-term employer. Workers are then liquidity constrained, and the contract trades off consumption smoothing against efficiency in turnover. In contrast to previous papers which have examined this problem, this paper provides a continuous-time formulation that permits a detailed characterization of the properties of the wage profile.

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  • B. Mak Arvin & Richard J. Arnott, 1992. "Wage Profiles and Imperfect Capital Markets: A Positive Analysis," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 25(3), pages 521-537, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:25:y:1992:i:3:p:521-37
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    1. Wang, Yanguo & Jaenicke, Edward C., 2005. "Pooling, Separating, and Cream-Skimming In Relative-Performance Contracts," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24639, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Wang, Yanguo & Jaenicke, Edward C., 2005. "Pooling, Separating, and Cream-Skimming In Relative-Performance Contracts," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19522, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Lam, Kit-Chun & Liu, Pak-Wai, 2000. "Verifiable wage offers and recontracting: effect on wage and consumption profiles," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 449-462, July.

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