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The Role of Frictions on Academic Recruitment System

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In a matching model of the academic labour market, with high-skilled (brain) and low-skilled (local) workers, this paper shows that brain workers are harmed by the local. This depends on two types of search frictions: information and cooptation frictions. Search frictions reduce the probability to get an academic job for brain workers compared to the local. A high level of cooptation discards the brain workers but, under certain conditions, the absence of cooptation does not decreases the possibility to get an academic job for the local workers. Whithin this framework, some explanations about the low probability to catch the brains and the obstacles for a e ective equal opportunity between local and outside candidates are discussed.

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  • Bonaventura, Luigi, 2011. "The Role of Frictions on Academic Recruitment System," DEMQ Working Paper Series 2011/2, University of Catania, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:demqwp:2011_002
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    Keywords

    academic labour market; search frictions; cooptation; recruitment system.;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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