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Human Capital and Self-Enforcing Contracts

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    This essay analyzes labor contracts as a device for rearranging factor incomes over time when the lack of verifiable public information about future compensation prevents finitely-lived workers from borrowing against their earnings. Specific human capital is used as an incentive to implement intertemporal self-enforcing contracts between workers and firms. I propose a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of such contracts, explore the re4sulting equilibrium earnings profiles, and investigate how imperfections in the credit market influence the way workers allocate time between current production and training.

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    Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 281.

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    Length: 44 pages
    Date of creation: 1987
    Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:281
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