Market Imperfections and Wage Inequality
This paper investigates the relationship between various market imperfections and the skill premium. The model in this paper assumes perfectly competitive labor markets but distorted product and financial markets. The model predicts that the skill premium is positively correlated with market power, modeled using preference for variety, and shorter product cycles. The effect from financial market distortions or taxes on financial income is ambiguous. Positive external effects among firms developing new goods decrease the skill premium.
Göteborg University, School of Buisness, Economics and Law
Department of Economics
JEL: D33, D43, D50, D91, D92, J31, L13, O31
Working Papers in Economics