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The Effect of Implicit Contracts on the Movement of Wages Over the Business Cycle: Evidence from Micro Data

Paul Beaudry and John DiNardo
Journal of Political Economy
Vol. 99, No. 4 (Aug., 1991), pp. 665-688
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2937776
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The Effect of Implicit Contracts on the Movement of Wages Over the Business Cycle: Evidence from Micro Data
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Abstract

In this paper we address the question of whether wages are affected by labor market conditions in a manner more consistent with a contract approach than with a standard spot market model. From a simple implicit contract model, we derive implications about the links between wages and past labor market conditions. Using individual data from the Current Population Survey and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we find that an implicit contract model with costless mobility describes these links better than either a simple spot market model or an implicit contract model with costly mobility.

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