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Persistent Wage Dispersion and Involuntary Unemployment

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It is costly for firms' offers to workers to be turned down both because firms must make additional offers and making offers is costly and because capital is underused or unused. Provided that workers apply to at least two firms for jobs, there will be wage dispersion in equilibrium, and some workers will randomly fail to receive any wage offers. Firms in the same industry with access to the same technology may nevertheless choose different levels of capital intensity. Firms using capital-intensive technologies will pay higher wages.

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  • Kevin Lang, 1991. "Persistent Wage Dispersion and Involuntary Unemployment," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 106(1), pages 181-202.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:106:y:1991:i:1:p:181-202.
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