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The Distribution of Earnings in an Equilibrium Search Model with State-Dependent Offers and Counteroffers

  • Fabien Postel-Vinay

    (INRA-LEA, France, University of British Columbia, Canada; CREST-INSEE, France, CEPR, U.K.)

  • Jean-Marc Robin

    (INRA-LEA, France, University of British Columbia, Canada; CREST-INSEE, France, CEPR, U.K.)

We construct an equilibrium job search model with on-the-job search in which firms implement optimal-wage strategies under full information in the sense that they leave no rent to their employees and counter the offers received by their employees from competing firms. Productivity dispersion across firms results in wage mobility both within and across firms. Workers may accept wage cuts to move to firms offering higher future wage prospects. Equilibrium productivity dispersion across ex ante homogeneous firms can be endogenously generated. Productivity dispersion then generates a nontrivial wage distribution which is generically thin-tailed, as typically observed in the data. Copyright 2002 by the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 43 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 989-1016

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