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Review of Economic Perspectives

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Volume 13, Issue 1


Job Differentiation vs. Unemployment

Samir Amine
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais and CIRANO, 283 boul. Alexandre-Taché, C.P. 1250, succursale Hull, Gatineau, Québec, Canada, J8X 3X7, and CIRANO, Montréal, Canada,
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Published Online: 2013-04-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10135-012-0014-6


We use a matching model in which the horizontal job differentiation results from the rationale response of firms to the state of the labor market. We show that a decrease in the labor market tightness gives firms an incentive to raise the differentiation degree of jobs. Comparative statics suggests that an increase in unemployment benefits and in the minimum wage improves productivity of skilled workers by making jobs more differentiated, and leads to a raise in unemployment rate.

Keywords: Job Differentiation; Productivity; Matching; Unemployment

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Published Online: 2013-04-20

Published in Print: 2013-03-01

Citation Information: Review of Economic Perspectives, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 30–42, ISSN (Online) 1804-1663, ISSN (Print) 1213-2446, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10135-012-0014-6.

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