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Incentives in Competitive Search Equilibrium

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  • Espen R. Moen
  • Åsa Rosén

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This paper proposes a labour market model with job search frictions where workers have private information on match quality and effort. Firms use wage contracts to motivate workers. In addition, wages are also used to attract employees. We define and characterize competitive search equilibrium in this context, and show that it satisfies a simple modified Hosios rule. We also analyse the interplay between macroeconomic variables and optimal wage contracts. Finally, we show that private information may increase the responsiveness of the unemployment rate to changes in the aggregate productivity level and, in particular, to changes in the information structure. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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  • Espen R. Moen & Åsa Rosén, 2011. "Incentives in Competitive Search Equilibrium," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 78(2), pages 733-761.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:restud:v:78:y:2011:i:2:p:733-761
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    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General

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