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On-the-Job Search and Labor Market Equilibrium

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Roberto Bonilla Trejos


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On-the-job search is something we all do from time to time. Indeed, a significant percentage of job changes made by workers involves no interim unemployment. The object of the study is to develop and analyze a labor market model where unemployed workers and firms bargain over the wage paid if employment is accepted. Any employed worker can choose to search for another job but only at a cost. It will be shown that in such an environment the bargaining set is not convex. Nevertheless, utilizing a strategic bargaining game we show there is a unique bargaining outcome which may involve a lottery. The resulting market equilibrium exists and if the cost of search is low enough the resulting equilibrium is where some employees search on-the-job even in the case where both workers and firms are homogeneous.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bonilla R, Burdett K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BE Journal of Macroeconomics

Year: 2010

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: -

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

ISSN (print): 1935-1690

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Publisher: Berkeley Electronic Press