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A Tale on Information and Wage Expectations


  • De Paola Maria

    (University of Calabria)

  • Lupi Claudio

    () (ISAE - Institute for Studies and Economic Analyses)

  • Ordine Patrizia

    () (University of Calabria)


The process of wage expectations formation in different regional labor markets is considered. We argue that when information is scarce or ambiguous, cognitive dissonance phenomena may play a relevant role in shaping expectations. The theoretical discussion is supplemented with an empirical analysis carried out on individual data of Italian unemployed using semiparametric techniques. Results show a marked difference in expectations formation, with the northern unemployed using information more efficiently.

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  • De Paola Maria & Lupi Claudio & Ordine Patrizia, 2001. "A Tale on Information and Wage Expectations," ISAE Working Papers 22, ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics - (Rome, ITALY).
  • Handle: RePEc:isa:wpaper:22

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    1. Maria De Paola & Vincenzo Scoppa, 2002. "Firms' Training Decisions and Unemployment in Italian Labour Markets," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 61(1), pages 103-126, June.

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    Wage; Expectations formation; Regional labor markets.;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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