Investment Incentives in Labor Market Matching
AbstractWe provide an illustration of how the design of labor market clearing mechanisms can affect incentives for human capital acquisition. Specifically, we extend the labor market matching model (with discrete transfers) of Kelso and Crawford (1982) to incorporate the possibility that agents may invest in human capital before matching. We show that in this setting, the worker-optimal stable matching mechanism incentivizes workers to make (nearly) efficient human capital investments. En route to our main result, we show that so long as the space of salaries is sufficiently rich, every stable outcome in the Kelso and Crawford (1982) setting is approximately efficient.
CitationHatfield, John William, Fuhito Kojima, and Scott Duke Kominers. 2014. "Investment Incentives in Labor Market Matching." American Economic Review, 104 (5): 436-41. DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.436
- C78 Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
- D82 Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J41 Labor Contracts