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Discrimination and open unemployment in a segmented labor market

Discrimination and open unemployment in a segmented labor market
Discrimination and open unemployment in a segmented labor market
Jobs in the primary sector require firm-specific training, with wages determined as a result of bargaining. Firms pay for the training and since they are imperfectly informed about worker productivity, they test workers before hiring them. The secondary sector is competitive. Taking a job in the secondary sector signals low productivity, and therefore workers in the secondary sector are unable to get jobs in the primary sector. Open unemployment coexists with unfilled vacancies for low wage jobs.
discrimination, segmented, dual, screening, unemployment
0014-2921
1-15
Goffries, Nils
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McCormick, Barry
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Goffries, Nils
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McCormick, Barry
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Goffries, Nils and McCormick, Barry (1995) Discrimination and open unemployment in a segmented labor market. European Economic Review, 39 (1), 1-15. (doi:10.1016/0014-2921(94)00012-O).

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Abstract

Jobs in the primary sector require firm-specific training, with wages determined as a result of bargaining. Firms pay for the training and since they are imperfectly informed about worker productivity, they test workers before hiring them. The secondary sector is competitive. Taking a job in the secondary sector signals low productivity, and therefore workers in the secondary sector are unable to get jobs in the primary sector. Open unemployment coexists with unfilled vacancies for low wage jobs.

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Published date: January 1995
Keywords: discrimination, segmented, dual, screening, unemployment

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Local EPrints ID: 33012
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33012
ISSN: 0014-2921
PURE UUID: c0e92da9-98e9-4f8a-902c-d774a48c0ec0

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Date deposited: 12 Dec 2007
Last modified: 30 May 2018 16:31

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Author: Nils Goffries
Author: Barry McCormick

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