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Search, Bargaining and Employer Discrimination

  • Rosen, A.

This paper analyses Becker's (1971) theory of employer discrimination within a search and wage-bargaining setting. Discriminatory firms pay workers who are discriminated against less, and apply stricter hiring-criteria to these workers. It is shown that the highest profits are realized by firms with a positive discrimination coefficient. Moreover, once ownership and control are separated, both highest profits and highest utility may be realized by firms with a positive discrimination coefficient. Thus, market forces, like entry and/or takeovers do not ensure that wage differentials due to employer discrimination will disappear.

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Paper provided by Uppsala - Working Paper Series in its series Papers with number 1998-13.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:uppaal:1998-13
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