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Training Costs and Wage Differentials in the Theory of Job Competition

  • Schlicht, Ekkehart

A labor market is considered that is characterized by job competition over job ladders. Firms paying more for comparable jobs can attract workers with better background characteristics (with general human capital) and will lose fewer trained workers (with general and firm-specific human capital). Optimizing behavior on the side of the firms gives rise to a wage structure that shows similar correlations between training and wages as would emerge in a human capital framework, but for different reasons. Further, the wage structure responds to other influences, like the degree of labor mobility.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 1347.

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Date of creation: 1981
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 2 137(1981): pp. 212-21
Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:1347
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  1. Schlicht, Ekkehart, 1978. "Labour Turnover, Wage Structure, and Natural Unemployment," Munich Reprints in Economics 1255, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Salop, S. C., 1973. "Wage differentials in a dynamic theory of the firm," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 6(4), pages 321-344, August.
  3. Harvey Leibenstein, 1975. "Aspects of the X-Efficiency Theory of the Firm," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 6(2), pages 580-606, Autumn.
  4. Schlicht, Ekkehart & Weizs├Ącker, Carl Christian von, 1977. "Risk Financing in Labour Managed Economics: The Commitment Problem," Munich Reprints in Economics 3148, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  5. Schlicht, Ekkehart, 1981. "Reference Group Behaviour and Economic Incentives: A Remark," Munich Reprints in Economics 4183, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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