Duopolistic Hiring and Sales Competition — A Theoretical and Experimental Analysis
34 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2012
Date Written: November 2012
Two firms compete in selling as well as hiring, where sales levels depend on the hired workforce. There are two types of workers, mobile and immobile, differing in effort costs, and two workers of each type. The principals offer contracts to all workers, who then select an employer. Finally, the workers determine production levels and profits. Our experimental results show: vanishing cost differences between mobile and immobile workers induce monopolistic hiring but low profits. In contrast, large cost differences result in higher profits and allow for various hiring constellations such as one firm hiring only low‐cost workers.
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