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The determinants and some consequences of unemployed workers’ wage demands
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Åbo Akademi.
2012 (English)In: Labour, ISSN 1121-7081, E-ISSN 1467-9914, Vol. 26, no 2, 208-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper studies the determinants and consequences in the early stages of the hiring process of unemployed workers’ wage demands using direct data on workers’ wage requests. We show that most unemployed workers want a wage close to their previous wage, and thus much more than they get in unemployment benefits. However, some groups, such as women, tend to demand lower wages. Moreover, we find that workers with high wage demands are contacted by firms less often than otherwise similar workers with lower wage demands. Thus, our results suggest that too high wage demands may contribute to high unemployment.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 2, 208-224 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181042DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2011.00531.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-181042DiVA: diva2:552761
Available from: 2012-09-16 Created: 2012-09-16 Last updated: 2012-09-17Bibliographically approved

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