The Business Cycle Mechanics of Search and Matching Models
27 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2020
Date Written: August, 2020
This paper estimates a real business cycle model with unemployment driven by shocks to labor productivity and the job separation rate. We make two contributions. First, we develop a new identification scheme based on the matching elasticity that allows the model to perfectly match a range of labor market moments, including the volatilities of unemployment and vacancies. Second, we use our model to revisit the importance of shocks to the job separation rate and highlight how their correlation with labor productivity affects their transmission mechanism.
JEL Classification: C13, E24, E32, E37, J63
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