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Endogenous Job Destructions and the Distribution of Wages

  • Arnaud Chéron

    (TEPP - Travail, Emploi et Politiques Publiques - CNRS : FR3435 - Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEMLV), GAINS - Université du Maine)

  • Bénédicte Rouland

    (TEPP - Travail, Emploi et Politiques Publiques - CNRS : FR3435 - Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEMLV), GAINS - Groupe d'Analyse des Itinéraires et des Niveaux Salariaux - Université du Maine)

In this paper, we argue that ¯ring decisions of ¯rms can help ex- plain the shape of the wage distribution. To emphasize this result, we consider a matching model with both idiosyncratic productivity shocks that hit jobs and heterogeneity of workers according to ex ante unob- servable abilities. Computation experiments show that the model can generate a hump-shaped wage distribution despite assuming a uniform distribution of shocks and a Pareto distribution of abilities.

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