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Waiting for Work


George A. Akerlof


University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andrew K. Rose


University of California - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Janet L. Yellen


University of California, Berkeley - Economic Analysis & Policy Group

June 1990

NBER Working Paper No. w3385

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This paper explains upward job mobility and observed patterns of unemployment by skill as an economy recovers from a recession. Skilled unemployment is due to rational waiting by workers looking for long-term jobs when there is a "lock-in" effect. Lock-in occurs if the conditions in the labor market when a worker first accepts a job have a persistent effect on wages. Using longitudinal data, we provide empirical evidence of the cyclical pattern of wages predicted by the theory and also of lock-in.

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Akerlof, George A. and Rose, Andrew K. and Yellen, Janet L., Waiting for Work (June 1990). NBER Working Paper No. w3385. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=306401

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George A. Akerlof (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley ( email )
Department of Economics 549 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Andrew K. Rose
University of California - Haas School of Business ( email )
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Janet L. Yellen
University of California, Berkeley - Economic Analysis & Policy Group ( email )
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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