« Frictions Lead to Sorting: a Partnership Model with On-the-Match Search » (with Cristian Bartolucci)
Economics & Decision Sciences
Intervenant : Ignacio Monzón
Collegio Carlo Alberto
Campus HEC - Bât.T - Salle T015
We present a partnership model where heterogeneous agents bargain over the gains from trade and search on the match. Frictions allow agents to extract higher rents from more productive partners, generating an endogenous preference for high types. More productive agents upgrade their partners faster, therefore the equilibrium match distribution features positive assortative matching. Frictions are commonly understood to hamper sorting. Instead, we show how frictions generate positive sorting even with a submodular production function. Our results challenge the interpretation of positive assortative matching as evidence of complementarity.
JEL Classification: C78; D83; J63; J64
Keywords: Assortative matching; Search frictions; On-the-match search; Bargaining