December 2006

IZA DP No. 2507: Selection Wages: An Example

substantially enlarged version published as 'Wage Dispersion, Over-Qualification, and Reder Competition' in: Economics e-Journal, 2007, 2007-13

Offering higher wages may enable firms to attract more applicants and screen them more carefully. If firms compete in this way in the labor market, "selection wages" emerge. This note illustrates this wage-setting mechanism. Selection wages may engender unconventional results, such as a pre-tax wage compression induced by the introduction of a progressive wage tax.