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Flexible capital-labor assignment model


  • Tsuyoshi Sasaki

    () (Osaka City University)


This paper constructs an assignment model that allocates a variable number of labor to a variable amount of capital. Sattinger introduced an assignment model in which a worker is coupled with a machine. In Sattinger's model, workers and machines differ in quality, e.g., ability, productivity, efficiency, or size. In the model in the present paper, the number of workers and the number of machines also differ from assignment to assignment. First, I introduce a model that assigns a different number of workers with different abilities to a different amount of capital with the same quality, then extend that model to a case in which quality is different among the capital.

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  • Tsuyoshi Sasaki, 2012. "Flexible capital-labor assignment model," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(3), pages 2320-2325.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00461

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    1. Antoni, Manfred & Drasch, Katrin & Kleinert, Corinna & Matthes, Britta & Ruland, Michael & Trahms, Annette, 2011. "Working and learning in a changing world : Part I: Overview of the study - March 2011 (Second, updated version)," FDZ Methodenreport 201005_en, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
    2. Ai, Chunrong & Norton, Edward C., 2003. "Interaction terms in logit and probit models," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 80(1), pages 123-129, July.
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    Assignment model; differential equation; heterogeneity; labor capital relation; wage; rental cost;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution


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