Macro Recruiting Intensity from Micro Data

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Simon Mongey

University of Chicago

Gianluca Violante

Princeton University

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Date Written: September 2019


We merge QCEW and JOLTS microdata to study the recruiting intensity of firms in the cross section and over time. Vast establishment-level heterogeneity in vacancy filling rates is entirely explained by differences in gross hiring rates. Through the lens of standard theory, we aggregate firm-level decisions into an measure of aggregate recruiting intensity (ARI). Procyclicality of ARI is primarily due to cutting recruiting effort in slack labor markets. Given this we provide an ARI index easily computable from publicly available macroeconomic data. Declining ARI

in the Great Recession accounted for much of the increase in unemployment, but little of its persistence.

Keywords: Aggregate Matching Efficiency, Firm Heterogeneity, Recruiting Intensity, unemployment, Vacancies

Suggested Citation

Mongey, Simon and Violante, Gianluca, Macro Recruiting Intensity from Micro Data (September 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14004. Available at SSRN:

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