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Monopsony and Employer Mis-optimization Explain Why Wages Bunch at Round Numbers

Arindrajit Dube, Alan Manning, Suresh Naidu

NBER Working Paper No. 24991
Issued in September 2018, Revised in January 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Sandra Baquie, Doruk Cengiz, Len Goff, Jeff Jacobs, and Jon Zytnick for excellent research assistance. We are grateful for helpful comments from Matt Backus, Ellora Derenoncourt, David Green, Ilyana Kuziemko, Ioana Marinescu, Jim Rebitzer and from seminar participants at Microsoft Research, Columbia University, Boston University, Harvard University, IIES, University of Toronto, MIT Sloan, and the 2018 Society of Labor Economists conference. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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