Self-enforcing wage contracts

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Abstract

The authors examine long-term wage contracts between a risk-neutral firm and a risk-averse worker when both can costlessly renege and buy or sell labor at a random spot market wage. A self-enforcing contract is one in which neither party ever has an incentive to renege. In the optimum self-enforcing contract, wages are sticky: they are less variable than spot market wages and positively serially correlated. They are updated by a simple rule: around each spot wage is a time invariant interval, and the contract wage changes each period by the smallest amount necessary to bring it into current interval.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-554
Number of pages14
JournalReview of Economic Studies
Volume55
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1988

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