Search and Multiple Jobholding

55 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2019 Last revised: 27 Mar 2020

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Etienne Lalé

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Université du Québec à Montréal; CIRANO; IZA

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Date Written: March 1, 2020


A search-theoretic model of the labor market with endogenous variations in hours worked, search both off- and on-the-job, and multiple jobholding is developed. Taking on a second job entails a commitment to hold onto the primary employer, enabling the worker to use the primary job as her outside option to bargain with the secondary employer. The model performs well at explaining multiple jobholding inflows and outflows, and it is informative for understanding the secular decline in multiple jobholding. While some worry that this decline heralds a less-flexible labor market, the model reveals that it has contributed to reducing search frictions.

Keywords: Multiple jobholding, Employment, Hours worked, Job search

JEL Classification: E24, J21, J62

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Lalé, Etienne, Search and Multiple Jobholding (March 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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