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Ranking, Unemployment Duration, and Wages

Olivier Blanchard () and Peter Diamond ()

Review of Economic Studies, 1994, vol. 61, issue 3, 417-434

Abstract: The paper examines the effects of the composition of unemployment on wage determination. It explores the implication of one central assumption: when firms receive multiple acceptable applications, they hire the worker who has been unemployed for the least amount of time. This assumption ("ranking") is contrasted with the assumption of random hiring ("no-ranking"). By embodying this assumption in a model of the labour market with job creation/destruction and matching, the joint behaviour of unemployment, the distribution of unemployment durations, and wages are characterized. The implication that the re-employment prospects of employed workers, were they to become unemployed, are better than those of the currently unemployed appears to have been an important feature of European unemployment experience in the 1980's.

Date: 1994
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