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Can Market Power influence Employment, Wage Inequality and Growth ?

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  • Bucci, Alberto

    (Università di Bologna, Sede di Rimini, Facoltà di Economia; UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES))

  • Fiorillo, Fabio

    (Aniversità di Ancona, Dipartimento di Economia)

  • Staffolani, Stefano

    (Aniversità di Ancona, Dipartimento di Economia)

Abstract

We introduce an efficiency-wage mechanism into an innovation-driven growth model. Due to informational problems, the labour market is segmented and homogeneous workers may be employed either in a non-competitive intermediate sector or in a competitive research one. We analyse the impact that variations in the monopoly power of the intermediate firms may have on unemployment, wage inequality and growth. We find that the lower the product market competition in the intermediate sector, the higher the research employment, the lower the intermediate sector employment, the higher the aggregate growth rate. Growth and inequality are negatively correlated whereas growth and unemployment are positively correlated. The last two results are obtained through numerical simulations.

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  • Bucci, Alberto & Fiorillo, Fabio & Staffolani, Stefano, 2001. "Can Market Power influence Employment, Wage Inequality and Growth ?," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2000030, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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    Keywords

    Efficiency wages; research and development; endogenous growth; market power;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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