EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Simultaneous Search with Heterogeneous Firms and Ex Post Competition

Pieter Gautier () and Ronald Wolthoff ()

No 06-032/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: In this paper we study the allocation of workers over high and low productivity firms in a labor market with coordination frictions. Specifically, we consider a search model where workers can apply to high and or low productivity firms. Firms that compete for the same candidate can increase their wage offers as often as they like. We show that if workers apply to two jobs, there is a unique symmetric equilibrium where workers mix between sending both applications to the high and sending both to the low productivity sector. But, efficiency requires that they apply to both sectors because a higher matching rate in the high-productivity sector can then be realized with fewer applications (and consequently fewer coordination frictions) if workers always accept the offer of the most productive firm. However, in the market the worker's payoff is determined by how much the firm with the second highest productivity is willing to bid. This is what prevents them from applying to both sectors. For many configurations, the equilibrium outcomes are the same under directed and random search so our results are not driven by random search. We discuss the effects of increasing the number of applications and show that our results can easily be generalized to N -firms. See publication in Labour Economics , 2009, 16(3), 311-19.

Keywords: Directed search; multiple applications; efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 E24 J23 J24 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-03-27
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://papers.tinbergen.nl/06032.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Simultaneous search with heterogeneous firms and ex post competition (2009) Downloads
Working Paper: Simultaneous Search with Heterogeneous Firms and Ex Post Competition (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: Simultaneous Search with Heterogeneous Firms and Ex Post Competition (2006) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:tin:wpaper:20060032

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Tinbergen Office +31 (0)10-4088900 ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-13
Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20060032