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Oligopsony and monopsonistic competition in labor markets

Bhaskar, V.; Manning, A.; To, T.; (2002) Oligopsony and monopsonistic competition in labor markets. Journal of Economic Perspectives , 16 (2) pp. 155-174. 10.1257/0895330027300. Green open access

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We argue that models of oligopsony or monopsonistic competition provide insights and explanation for many empirical phenomena in labor markets. Using a simple model with job differentiation and preference heterogeneity, we illustrate how such models can be employed to explain the existence of wage dispersion, the persistence of labor market discrimination, market failures in the provision of training and the anomalous employment effects of minimum wages.

Type: Article
Title: Oligopsony and monopsonistic competition in labor markets
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/0895330027300
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/0895330027300
Language: English
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Keywords: JEL classification: J42, J15, J64, J31, J38. Discrimination, employment, labor markets, minimum wage, oligopsony, wage
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15468
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