# Is There Monopsony in the Labor Market? Evidence from a Natural Experiment

@article{Staiger2010IsTM,
title={Is There Monopsony in the Labor Market? Evidence from a Natural Experiment},
author={Douglas O. Staiger and Joanne Spetz and Ciaran S Phibbs},
journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
year={2010},
volume={28},
pages={211 - 236}
}
• Published 2010
• Economics
• Journal of Labor Economics
Recent theoretical and empirical advances have renewed interest in monopsonistic models of the labor market. However, there is little direct empirical support for these models. We use an exogenous change in wages at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals as a natural experiment to investigate the extent of monopsony in the nurse labor market. We estimate that labor supply to individual hospitals is quite inelastic, with short‐run elasticity around 0.1. We also find that non‐VA hospitals… Expand
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