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Search Capital

  • Carrillo-Tudela, Carlos


    (University of Essex)

  • Smith, Eric


    (University of Essex)

We construct a simple equilibrium search model in which workers accumulate information about previously met employment contacts. We term the latter search capital. Here search capital (partially) insures workers against adverse shocks. The model provides a theory of job-to-job transitions that are associated with voluntary or involuntary mobility and with wage rises or wage cuts. It also shows why low wage and younger workers are associated with a higher probability of becoming unemployed.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6366.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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  1. Carlos Carrillo‐Tudela & Guido Menzio & Eric Smith, 2011. "Job Search With Bidder Memories," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 52(3), pages 639-655, 08.
  2. Ronald Wolthoff, 2013. "It's About Time: Implications of the Period Length in an Equilibrium Search Model," Working Papers tecipa-476, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  3. Grégory Jolivet & Fabien Postel-Vinay & Jean-Marc Robin, 2006. "The Empirical Content of the Job Search Model: Labor Mobility and Wage Distributions in Europe and the U.S," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00308803, HAL.
  4. Carlos Carrillo-Tudela & Bart Hobijn & Powen She & Ludo Visschers, 2015. "The Extent and Cyclicality of Career Changes: Evidence for the UK," ESE Discussion Papers 258, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
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