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Collusion in the Labor Market: Intended and Unintended Consequences

BY | June 12, 2020

In an effort to improve profits, employers sometimes collude in local labor markets. This has occurred recently in the markets for hardware and software engineers, digital animators, hospital nurses, and…

In an effort to improve profits, employers sometimes collude in local labor markets. This has occurred recently in the markets for hardware and software engineers, digital animators, hospital nurses, and fashion models. The colluding employers restrict employment and thereby intend to depress wages and elevate their profits. This behavior, however, also has unintended consequences in the output market and the markets for other inputs. In the output market, a reduction in employment leads to a re

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