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Hours and Wages: A Bargaining Approach


  • Del Rey, Elena
  • Naval, Joaquín
  • Silva, José I.


In a recent paper, Bick et al. (2022) show the presence of a hump-shaped relationship between hours and hourly wages with a maximum around 50 hours worked. We show that a model with fixed labor costs where workers and firms bargain in wages and hours can help explain this non-linear relationship. Also, a quantitative version of the model is able to match the empirical hourly-wage to hours worked relationship estimated by those authors for the US.

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  • Del Rey, Elena & Naval, Joaquín & Silva, José I., 2022. "Hours and Wages: A Bargaining Approach," MPRA Paper 112349, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:112349

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    1. Saglam, Ismail, 2023. "Exploitation of Collective Bargaining in the Labor Market," MPRA Paper 117588, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Ana I. Moro Egido & Joaquin Naval & Jose I. Silva, 2023. "Part-time hours and wages," ThE Papers 23/06, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
    3. Gilbert Cette & Simon Drapala & Jimmy Lopez, 2023. "The Circular Relationship Between Productivity and Hours Worked: A Long-Term Analysis," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 65(4), pages 650-664, December.

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    Fixed labor costs; wage-hours relationship; bargaining;
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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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