On-the-Job Search and the Cyclical Dynamics of the Labor Market
60 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2016
Date Written: 2007
We show how on-the-job search and the propagation of shocks to the economy are intricately linked. Rising search by employed workers in a boom amplifies the incentives of firms to post vacancies. In turn, more vacancies induce more on-the-job search. By keeping job creation costs low for firms, on-the-job search greatly amplifies shocks. In our baseline calibration, this allows the model to generate fluctuations of unemployment, vacancies, and labor productivity whose magnitudes are close to the data, and leads output to be highly autocorrelated.
Keywords: Search and matching, job-to-job mobility, worker flows, Beveridge curve, business cycle, propagation
JEL Classification: J64, E32, E24
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