Search and the Firm's Choice of the Optimal Labor Contract

TitleSearch and the Firm's Choice of the Optimal Labor Contract
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsD. Paolini
Keywordssearch, temporary employment

This article studies the behavior of a firm searching to fill a vacancy. The main assumption is that the firm can offer two different kinds of contracts to the workers, either a short-term contract or a long-term one. The short-term contract acts as a probationary stage in which the firm can learn the worker's type. After this stage, the firm can propose a long- term contract to the worker or it can decide to look for another worker. We show that, if the short-term wage is fixed endogenously, for the firms can be optimal to start a working relationship with a short-term contract, but that this policy has a negative impact on unemployment and welfare. On the contrary, if this wage is fixed exogenously, this policy could be optimal also from welfare point of view.

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