Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 1998:13: Search, Bargaining and Employer Discrimination

Åsa Rosén ()
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Åsa Rosén: SOFI, Postal: Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This paper analyses Becker´s (1971) theory of employer discrimination within a search and wage-bargaining setting. Discriminatory firms pay workers who are discriminated against less, and apply stricter hiring-criteria to these workers. It is shown that the highest profits are realized by firms with a positive discrimination coefficient. Moreover, once ownership and control are separated, both highest profits and highest utility may be realized by firms with a positive discrimination coefficient. Thus, market forces, like entry and/or takeovers do not ensure that wage differentials due to employer discrimination will disappear.

Keywords: Search; discrimination

JEL-codes: J71

30 pages, June 4, 1998

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