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A Competitive Efficiency Wage Model with Keynesian Features

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  • Charles Kahn
  • Dilip Mookherjee

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We study a general equilibrium efficiency wage model characterized by fully optimizing agents, flexible prices, and imperfect information. The model has a unique competitive equilibrium with underemployment in a sector (called manufacturing) with efficiency wages, relative to a self-employment sector. Since prices are flexible, the multiplier of manufacturing output with respect to autonomous demand changes may or may not exceed unity: demand changes lead to price effects as well as income effects that work opposite each other. Nevertheless, there always exist government policies that achieve Pareto improvements by switching demand toward the manufacturing sector. Optimal demand-switching policies are explicitly characterized.

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  • Charles Kahn & Dilip Mookherjee, 1988. "A Competitive Efficiency Wage Model with Keynesian Features," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 103(4), pages 609-645.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:103:y:1988:i:4:p:609-645.
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    1. Riveros, Luis A. & Bouton, Lawrence, 1991. "Efficiency wage theory, labormarkets, and adjustment," Policy Research Working Paper Series 731, The World Bank.
    2. William Fuchs, 2007. "Contracting with Repeated Moral Hazard and Private Evaluations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(4), pages 1432-1448, September.
    3. Jullien, Bruno & Picard, Pierre, 1998. "A Classical Model of Involuntary Unemployment: Efficiency Wages and Macroeconomic Policy," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 78(2), pages 263-285, February.
    4. Robert G. King, 2010. "Comment on "Noisy Business Cycles"," NBER Chapters,in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2009, Volume 24, pages 395-407 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Kahn, Charles M. & Mookherjee, Dilip, 1995. "Market failure with moral hazard and side trading," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(2), pages 159-184, October.
    6. Tetsuya Nakajima, 2010. "A Simple Model Of Keynesian Unemployment," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 61(2), pages 239-256, May.

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