The Role of Profit Sharing in a Dual Labour Market with Flexible Outsourcing

29 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2008

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Erkki Koskela

University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bank of Finland - Research Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jan Koenig

Free University Berlin

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Abstract

We analyze the following questions associated with flexible outsourcing under partly imperfect dual domestic labour markets, where high skilled workers participate in firm's profit via profit sharing: How does the implementation of profit sharing influence flexible outsourcing? What is the relationship between outsourcing cost, profit sharing and wages? We show that profit sharing has a positive effect on low skilled wage and thus an outsourcing enhancing character. The wages of both types of labour are negatively correlated and lower outsourcing cost can increase the wage dispersion by decreasing the low skilled wage and raising the high skilled wage. The overall effect of profit sharing on high skilled wage is ambiguous due to a positive direct effect and a negative indirect effect via the low skilled wage.

Keywords: profit sharing, dual labour market, flexible outsourcing, labour market imperfection, employee effort

JEL Classification: E23, E24, H22, J23, J51, J82

Suggested Citation

Koskela, Erkki and Koenig, Jan, The Role of Profit Sharing in a Dual Labour Market with Flexible Outsourcing. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3876. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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