Decreuse, Bruno and Granier, Pierre (2007): Matching frictions and the divide of schooling investment between general and specific skills.
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This paper examines the impact of labor market frictions and institutions on the divide of schooling investment between general and specific skills. We offer a simple matching model of unemployment in which individuals determine the scope and intensity of their skills. In partial equilibrium, we show that the severity of market frictions distorts the schooling allocation towards more general skills. Then, we endogenize job creation and argue that changes in labor market institutions may well originate a non-monotonous relationship between unemployment and the divide of skills between specific and general human capital. We also investigate more carefully the impacts of unemployment compensation, minimum wage and firing costs. We suggest that unemployment compensation has an ambiguous impact on the skill divide, while minimum wage and firing costs are detrimental to general skill acquisition.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Matching frictions and the divide of schooling investment between general and specific skills|
|Keywords:||Matching frictions; education; general and specific skills; labour market institutions|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I21 - Analysis of Education
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
|Depositing User:||Bruno Decreuse|
|Date Deposited:||01. Feb 2008 07:50|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 01:18|
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