Contracts, hold-up and labor markets
Malcomson, J.M. (1997) Contracts, hold-up and labor markets. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics 9703).
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The implications for labor markets of contracts to avoid hold-up of investments are assessed. Employment at will protects the returns on a firm's general and specific investments without wages increasing with tenure. With turnover costs, fixed but renegotiable wages can protect general investments by both firm and employee, and generage wage stickiness without adversely affecting employment. Employment contracts that induce efficient specific investments by both firm and employee are problematic so it makes sense, wherever possible, for one side to make all such investments. With private information, fixed wages may induce fewer inefficient separations than employment at will.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
|Date Deposited:||25 Jan 2008|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 11:46|
|Publisher:||University of Southampton|
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