The Implications of Changes in Hours Fluctuations on Welfare Costs of Business Cycles
11 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2014 Last revised: 15 Dec 2014
Date Written: November 2, 2014
Hours volatility has changed non-monotonically across skill groups since the mid-1980s. This study researches the implications of such changes on the welfare costs of business cycles. Using a partial equilibrium model in which hours fluctuations are the only source of uncertainty, we find that (1) the welfare cost of business cycles of mid-skilled workers is comparable to that of high-skilled workers after the mid-1980s, (2) the relative welfare cost of low-skilled to high-skilled workers declined substantially but remains very high, and (3) treating mid- and low-skilled workers as one group provides incorrect information about the changes in welfare costs.
Keywords: Change in hours fluctuation, welfare cost of business cycle
JEL Classification: J24, E24, E32
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