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Unskilled Workers in an Economy with Skill-Biased Technology

  • Shouyong Shi

    (Queen's University)

This paper contributes to the search theory of unemployment by endogenously deriving matching functions and surplus sharing rule for skilled and unskilled workers from a wage-posting game. In contrast to previous wage posting models, here both sides of the market are heterogeneous and the resulted matching function can exhibit non-constant returns to scale. The model provides useful explanations for the observed dynamic patterns of within-skill and between-skill wage differentials in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 987.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1999
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:987
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