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The Employed, the Unemployed, and the Unemployable: Directed Search with Worker Heterogeneity

Lawrence Uren, Ian King () and Suren Basov ()

No 292, 2011 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: We examine the implications of worker heterogeneity on the equilibrium matching process, using a directed search model. Worker abilities are selected from a general distribution, subject to some weak regularity requirements, and the firms direct their job offers to workers. For large markets we derive a simple closed form expression for the equilibrum matching function. This function has constant returns to scale and two new terms, which are functions of the underlying distribution of worker productivities: the percentage of workers who are employable, and a measure of heterogeneity (kappa). The equilibrium unemployment rate is increasing in kappa and, under certain circumstances, is increasing in the productivity of highly skilled workers, despite endogenous entry.

Date: 2011
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