Optimal Labor Contracts, Imperfect Competition and Underemployment Equilibria: a Framework for Analysis
52 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2004 Last revised: 22 Aug 2010
Date Written: October 1986
This paper examines the macroeconomic properties of imperfectly competitive economies. The focus is on the coordination failures that might arise in these economies, a study of alternative policies and the comparative static properties of these models. This paper differs from others in this area by modeling the labor market from the perspective of optimal contract theory. This permits an evaluation of the role of labor market behavior in producing these coordination failures and a study of labor market policies (such as unemployment insurance and alternative compensation schemes).
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