Labor Market Efficiency, Wages and Employment When Search Frictions Interact with Intrafirm Bargaining

21 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2001

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Pierre Cahuc

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - National School for Statistical and Economic Administration (ENSAE); Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Equipe Universitaire de Recherche en Economie Quantitative (EUREQUA); University of Angers - French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Etienne Wasmer

Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE); Sciences Po; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: June 2001

Abstract

In search of a macroeconomic theory of wage determination, the agnostic reader should be puzzled by the apparent contradiction between two influential theories. On one hand, in the standard search-matching theory with wage bargaining, hiring cost and constant returns of labor, the bargaining power of employees allows them to get rents and gives rise either to over-employment or to under-employment compared with the first-best. On the other hand, in Stole and Zwiebels theory of intrafirm bargaining with no hiring cost and decreasing returns of labor, the bargaining power of employees does not allow them to get rent and always gives rise to over-employment. In this paper, we try to reconcile the approaches. A simple matching model with large firms and diminishing marginal productivity of labor allows us to show that the two limit cases described above yield a mix of robust and non robust results: In the most general case, employees get rents and there is more frequently over-employment compared to the efficient allocation than in the standard search-matching model.

Keywords: Unemployment, Wage Bargaining, Matching

JEL Classification: J30, J50, J64

Suggested Citation

Cahuc, Pierre and Wasmer, Etienne, Labor Market Efficiency, Wages and Employment When Search Frictions Interact with Intrafirm Bargaining (June 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 304. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=270797

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