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Oligopsonistic Cats and Dogs

  • Gerda Dewit


    (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

  • Dermot Leahy


    (University College Dublin)

We study the strategic investment behaviour of oligopsonistic rivals in the labour market. Under wage competition, firms play "puppy dog" with productivityaugmenting investment and "fat cat" with supply-enhancing investment. Under employment competition, investing strategically always involves playing "top dog".

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1590905.

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Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1590905
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