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The Observational Implications of Labor Contracts in a Dynamic General Equilibrium Model


  • Wright, Randall D


Economies are studied where labor contracts, even without changing real allocations, can make equilibria appear different. One basic example is that wage observations generated by long-term employment contracts are biased measures of theoretical market wages. This idea is analyzed in a dynamic, stochastic, economic model, including both overlapping generations of finite-lived workers and infinite-horizon employers, so that the implications for business cycle, life cycle, and cross-sectional phenomena can be explicitly addressed. Understanding contracts in thi s way potentially allows one to reconcile several ostensibly anomalous aspects of the data with equilibrium theory. Copyright 1988 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Wright, Randall D, 1988. "The Observational Implications of Labor Contracts in a Dynamic General Equilibrium Model," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 6(4), pages 530-551, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:6:y:1988:i:4:p:530-51

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    2. Boldrin, Michael & Horvath, Michael, 1995. "Labor Contracts and Business Cycles," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 103(5), pages 972-1004, October.
    3. Danthine, J.P. & Donaldson, J.B., 1990. "Risk Sharing, Time Minimum Wage and the Business Cycle," Papers fb-_91-10, Columbia - Graduate School of Business.
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