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Job Queues and Wages

Harry J. Holzer, Lawrence Katz () and Alan Krueger

The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1991, vol. 106, issue 3, 739-768

Abstract: This paper uses job applications data to investigate the relationship between job queues and wage differentials. The main finding is that openings for jobs that pay the minimum wage attract more job applicants than jobs that pay either slightly more or slightly less than the minimum wage. This spike in the job application rate distribution suggests that ex ante rents generated for employees by an above market-level minimum wage are not completely dissipated by reductions in nonwage benefits. In addition, we find that highly unionized firms, large firms, and firms in high-wage industries tend to receive relatively many job applicants for openings.

Date: 1991
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