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Financial Markets and Wages

Claudio Michelacci () and Vincenzo Quadrini ()

No 11050, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We study a labor market equilibrium model in which firms sign optimal long-term contracts with workers. Firms that are financially constrained offer an increasing wage profile: They pay lower wages today in exchange of higher wages once they become unconstrained and operate at a larger scale. In equilibrium, constrained firms are on average smaller and pay lower wages. In this way the model generates a positive relation between firm size and wages. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) we show that the key dynamic properties of the model are supported by the data.

JEL-codes: E24 G31 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-fin, nep-lab and nep-mac
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Published as Claudio Michelacci & Vincenzo Quadrini, 2009. "Financial Markets and Wages," Review of Economic Studies, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 76(2), pages 795-827, 04.

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