Do Reservation Wages Really Decline? Some International Evidence on the Determinants of Reservation Wages
13 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Date Written: January 2008
Using cross-country data, we investigate the determinants of reservation wages and their course over the jobless spell. Higher unemployment benefits lead to higher reservation wages. Further, again consistent with the basic search model, repeated observations on the same individual provide scant evidence of declining reservation wages.
Keywords: reservation wages, probability of reemployment, unemployment benefits, arrival rate of job offers
JEL Classification: J64, J65
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