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A Reverse Holdup Problem

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  • Antonio Estache
  • Renaud Foucart

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In a model of horizontal matching on the labor market, we show that increasing the bargainingpower of workers may increase the incentive of some employers to switch to newproduction activities. In particular, this could lead to (i) higher wages, (ii) more jobs, (iii)better jobs and (iv) higher profits. Paradoxically, the median voter may object to the economicadjustments because search costs could cut the surplus for workers of the majority type, evenwhen it creates jobs for the other ones and increases aggregate surplus.

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  • Antonio Estache & Renaud Foucart, 2013. "A Reverse Holdup Problem," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2013-14, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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