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Due Diligence: Job Search with Rationally Inattentive Workers


  • Daniel Martin

    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Chris Tonetti

    (Stanford GSB)

  • Andrew Caplin

    (New York University)

  • Joseph Briggs

    (New York University)


We develop a model of late in life job search that accounts for end of life labor force exit and re-entry. Our key assumptions are that job offers consist of both wage and complex non-wage characteristics and that older workers care more about the non-wage characteristics of a job. In equilibrium, young workers choose jobs with high wages, but poor non-wage characteristics, while older workers are willing to trade off lower wages for better non-wage characteristics. However, due to rational inattention, older workers may ex-post regrettably accept low wage jobs with poor non-wage characteristics. Such mistakes produce welfare losses and generate employment patterns in the model consistent with the empirical patterns of older US workers.

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  • Daniel Martin & Chris Tonetti & Andrew Caplin & Joseph Briggs, 2015. "Due Diligence: Job Search with Rationally Inattentive Workers," 2015 Meeting Papers 287, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed015:287

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    1. Sushant Acharya & Shu Lin Wee, 2020. "Rational Inattention in Hiring Decisions," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 12(1), pages 1-40, January.
    2. Farboodi, Maryam & Veldkamp, Laura, 2018. "Long Run Growth of Financial Data Technology," CEPR Discussion Papers 13278, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Maryam Farboodi & Laura Veldkamp, 2018. "Long Run Growth of Financial Data Technology," Working Papers 18-09, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.

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