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RESIDUAL WAGE DISPARITY AND COORDINATION UNEMPLOYMENT

Benoit Julien (), John Kennes () and Ian King ()

International Economic Review, 2006, vol. 47, issue 3, 961-989

Abstract: How much of residual wage dispersion can be explained by an absence of coordination among firms? To answer, we construct a dynamic directed search model with identical workers where firms can create high- or low-productivity jobs and are uncoordinated in their offers to workers, calibrated to the U.S. economy. Workers can exploit ex post opportunities once approached by firms, and can conduct on-the-job search. The stationary equilibrium wage distribution is hump-shaped, skewed significantly to the right, and, with baseline parameters, generates residual dispersion statistics 75-90% of those found empirically. However, the model underestimates the average duration of unemployment. Copyright 2006 by the Economics Department Of The University Of Pennsylvania And Osaka University Institute Of Social And Economic Research Association.

Date: 2006
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