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Selective Counteroffers

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  • John M. Barron

    (Purdue University)

  • Mark C. Berger

    ((deceased))

  • Dan A. Black

    (Syracuse University)

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The existence of counteroffers can lead to a variety of important labor-market features. This article develops a model of the selective use of counteroffers in which a firm decides whether to extend counteroffers after a worker informs the firm of an alternative offer. We outline factors that can influence the employer's net value of making a counteroffer and, thus, affect the likelihood of a counteroffer. We provide a new empirical analysis that examines whether proxies for these factors do, in fact, influence the likelihood that a firm would consider a counteroffer to an employee with a competing offer.

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  • John M. Barron & Mark C. Berger & Dan A. Black, 2006. "Selective Counteroffers," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 24(3), pages 385-410, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:24:y:2006:i:3:p:385-410
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