The Cyclical Behavior of Equilibrium Unemployment and Vacancies Revisited
55 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2008
Date Written: January 2008
Recently, a number of authors have argued that the standard search model cannot generate the observed business-cycle-frequency fluctuations in unemployment and job vacancies, given shocks of a plausible magnitude. We use data on the cost of vacancy creation and cyclicality of wages to identify the two key parameters of the model - the value of non-market activity and the bargaining weights. Our calibration implies that the model is, in fact, consistent with the data.
Keywords: search, matching, business cycles, labor markets
JEL Classification: E24, E32, J41, J63, J64
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