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Raids and Offermatching

  • Edward P. Lazear

Job changes often occur without spells of unemployment. Highly educated workers, for example, rarely suffer unemployment, even though job changes are common. A large proportion of their job switches occur only after the new job is secured. These workers, whose skills and ability levels are less homogeneous, differ from less skilled, perhaps more homogeneous workers who are more likely to experience unemployment in the process of changing jobs. Most research has focused on job changes that imply spells of unemployment. Indeed, the primary rationale behind the earliest papers on search theory was to explain unemployment. But if there exists what some refer to as a "dual labor market," these theories may be most applicable to the secondary workers. This paper attempts to formulate a theory of turnover and wage dynamics that may better describe the primary labor force, defined as those who change jobs without unemployment. In the process, a number of previously unexamined phenomena are explored.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1419.

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Date of creation: Aug 1984
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Publication status: published as Lazear, Edward P. "Raids and Offer-Matching," Research in Labor Economics,ed. Ronald Ehrenberg, Vol. 8, JAI Press, Greenwich, CT. pp. 141-165, 1986
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