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Title:The Impact of Product Market Competition on Employment and Wages PDF Logo
Authors:Amable, Bruno
Gatti, Donatella
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 276
Abstract:Standard economic wisdom generally stresses the benefits of increased competition on the product market. This paper proposes a model of monopolistic competition with an endogenous determination of workers flows in and out of unemployment, where wages are determined according to an efficiency wage mechanism. We show that an increase in product market competition boosts the hiring rate as well as the separation rate. Hence, the efficiency wage schedule compatible with more competition shifts upward. An adverse effect on workers? incentive is at work which pushes real wages up to the point that increased competition may indeed generate employment losses rather than gains.
Subjects:Unemployment
efficiency wage
imperfect competition
JEL:E24
J41
J63
L13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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