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Bidding for Labour

  • Julien, B.
  • Kennes, J.
  • King, I.

We present a competing-auction theory of the labour market, where job candidates auction their labor services to employers. An equilibrium matching function emerges which has many of the features commonly assumed, including constant returns to scale in large economies. The auction process also generates an equilibrium wage dispersion among homogeneous workers. We characterize thge expected rate of pure "coordination unemployment": unemployment that exists purely for coordination reasons.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University in its series Discussion Papers with number dp98-03.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:sfu:sfudps:dp98-03
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