New Evidence on Implicit Contracts from Linked Employer-Employee Data
28 Pages Posted: 6 May 2010
Date Written: April 28, 2010
We improve the precision of the test of the implicit contract model that Beaudry and DiNardo proposed twenty years ago. Our data set allows us to define the precise industry and plant of a particular employment relationship, link local labour market characteristics and company characteristics to the individual level of wages, and control for composition effects. We find evidence in favour of the spot market model of wage setting in the whole sample, but there is significant variation across industries and educational levels. In particular, the spot market matters most for low-skill workers, while the implicit contract model with one-sided limited commitment applies better to high-skill workers.
Keywords: wage cyclicality, limited commitment, match-specific fixed effects
JEL Classification: E32, J41, J64
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