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Labor Market Frictions, Job Insecurity, and the Flexibility of the Employment Relationship

  • Niko Matouschek
  • Paolo Ramezzana
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    We analyze a search model of the labor market in which firms and workers meet bilaterally and negotiate over wages in the presence of private information. We show that a fall in labor market frictions induces more aggressive wage bargaining behavior which in turn leads to a costly increase in job insecurity. This adverse insecurity effect can be so large that firms and workers who are in an employment relationship can be made worse off by a fall in labor market frictions. In contrast, firms and workers who are not in an employment relationship and are searching the market for a counterpart are always made better off by such a fall in labor market frictions. We then endogenize the organizational structure of the employment relationship and show that a fall in labor market frictions induces a one off reorganization in which firms and workers switch from a rigid employment relationship to a flexible one. This reorganization leads to a large, one off increase in job insecurity and unemployment

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    Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings with number 28.

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    Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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