A theory of partially directed search

Guido Menzio

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    This article studies a search model of the labor market in which firms have private information about the quality of their vacancies, they can costlessly communicate with unemployed workers before the beginning of the application process, but the content of the communication does not constitute a contractual obligation. At the end of the application process, wages are determined as the outcome of an alternating offer bargaining game. The model is used to show that vague non-contractual announcements about compensation - such as those one is likely to find in help wanted ads-can be correlated with actual wages and can partially direct the search strategy of workers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)748-769
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Political Economy
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Oct 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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