Sensitivity of Job Destruction to Vintage and Tenure Effects

23 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2014

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Juha Kilponen

Bank of Finland - Research

Juuso Vanhala

Bank of Finland

Date Written: October 2014


Matching models with endogenous job destruction typically deliver excessively volatile job destruction and moderate volatility of vacancies. In our model, vintage and tenure effects promote the creation of new matches that are temporarily more productive, while reducing the survival of temporarily less productive matches. This cleansing effect produces a counter‐cyclical inflow into unemployment, removes the strong response of job destruction to productivity shocks, and generates a downward‐sloping Beveridge curve, as in the data. The model also generates more volatility in vacancies, the job‐finding rate, and labor‐market tightness.

Keywords: Beveridge curve, cleansing effect, embodied technical change, matching, productivity shocks

JEL Classification: E24, E32, J64

Suggested Citation

Kilponen, Juha and Vanhala, Juuso, Sensitivity of Job Destruction to Vintage and Tenure Effects (October 2014). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 116, Issue 4, pp. 1068-1090, 2014. Available at SSRN: or

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Juuso Vanhala

Bank of Finland ( email )

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Helsinki 00101

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