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Can Profit Sharing Lower Flexible Outsourcing? A Note

  • Erkki Koskela
  • Jan König
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    We analyze the following question associated with flexible outsourcing under imperfect domestic labour market: How does the implementation of profit sharing influence flexible outsourcing? We show that in general profit sharing has a negative effect on low skilled wage and thus an outsourcing decreasing character. However due to labour union determination of effort a constant effort level will result so that in this case firm’s optimal choice of profit sharing is zero.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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