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Oligopsony and the Distribution of Wages

  • Venkataraman Bhaskar

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Ted To

    (University of Warwick)

We present a simple model which is consistent with the evidence on wage dispersion, including persistent inter- and intra-industry wage differentials, and the effects of minimum wages on this distribution. Our model assumes that workers are equally able but have heterogeneous preferences for non-wage characteristics, while employers have heterogeneous productivity characteristics. This results in a model of labor market oligopsony where "inside" and "outside" forces interact in wage determination, with results which are consistent with the empirical evidence.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-42.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Mar 1999
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:99cf42
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