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Worker Mobility in a Search Model with Adverse Selection

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  • Carlos Carrillo-Tudela

    (University of Essex)

  • Leo Kaas

    (University of Konstanz)

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We analyze the effects of adverse selection on worker turnover and wage dynamics in a frictional labor market. We consider a model of on-the-job search where firms offer promotion wage contracts to workers of different ability, which is unknown to firms at the hiring stage. With sufficiently strong information frictions, low-wage firms offer separating contracts and hire all types of workers in equilibrium, whereas high-wage firms offer pooling contracts, promoting high-ability workers only. Low-ability workers have higher turnover rates and are more often employed in low-wage firms. The model replicates the negative relationship between job-to-job transitions and wages observed in the U.S. labor market.

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  • Carlos Carrillo-Tudela & Leo Kaas, 2015. "Worker Mobility in a Search Model with Adverse Selection," Working Papers 40, Peruvian Economic Association.
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    Adverse Selection; On-the-job search; Worker mobility; Wage dynamics;
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    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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