The Labour Market Effects of Technology Shocks

64 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

See all articles by Fabio Canova

Fabio Canova

Bi norwegian business school

David Lopez-Salido

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Claudio Michelacci

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

We analyze the effects of neutral and investment-specific technology shocks on hours worked and unemployment. We characterize the response of unemployment in terms of job separation and job finding rates. We find that job separation rates mainly account for the impact response of unemployment while job finding rates for movements along its adjustment path. Neutral shocks increase unemployment and explain a substantial portion of unemployment and output volatility; investment-specific shocks expand employment and hours worked and mostly contribute to hours worked volatility. We show that this evidence is consistent with the view that neutral technological progress prompts Schumpeterian creative destruction, while investment specific technological progress has standard neoclassical features.

Keywords: Creative destruction, Search frictions, technological progress

JEL Classification: E00, J60, O33

Suggested Citation

Canova, Fabio and Lopez-Salido, David and Michelacci, Claudio, The Labour Market Effects of Technology Shocks (June 2007). , Vol. , pp. -, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136690

Fabio Canova (Contact Author)

Bi norwegian business school ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0484
Norway

David Lopez-Salido

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20551
United States

Claudio Michelacci

Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) ( email )

Casado del Alisal 5
28014 Madrid
Spain
+34 91 4290 551 (Phone)
+34 91 4291 056 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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