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Workers' Skills and Product Selection

  • Jean Gabszewicz
  • Alessandro Turrini

[fre] Qualification de travailleurs et sélection de produits. . La production d'un bien de qualité supérieure requiert l'utilisation de travailleurs spécialement qualifiés à cette fin. Quand les firmes doivent choisir la qualité des biens qu' elles se proposent de produire et de vendre, leur choix dépend de l'abon­dance de travail qualifié offert sur le marché du travail. Nous analysons, dans cet article, comment s'opère la sélection de la qualité des produits par un monopole et en concurrence, en fonction de l'offre de travail qualifié. Nous démontrons que l'existence d'un pouvoir de marché introduit un biais par rapport à la solution concurrentielle, en faveur d'une qualité moyenne trop élevée. [eng] Workers' Skills and Product Selection. . When the production of high quality goods needs the employment of qualified labour, firms' decisions concerning quality are affected by the extent to which skills are abundant. By means of a comparison between monopoly and perfect compe­tition, we show how market power in such a context may entail a distorsion in product selection towards too high average quality.

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Volume (Year): 50 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 383-391

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Handle: RePEc:prs:reveco:reco_0035-2764_1999_num_50_3_410083
Note: DOI:10.2307/3502714
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