Job Search and Asset Accumulation Under Borrowing Constraints
UPF Economics and Business Working Paper No. 649
42 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2003
Date Written: October 2002
In this paper I show how borrowing constraints and job search interact. I fit a dynamic model to data from the National Longitudinal Survey (1979-cohort) and show that borrowing constraints are significant. Agents with more initial assets and more access to credit attain higher wages for several periods after high school graduation. The unemployed maintain their consumption by running down their assets, while the employed save to buffer against future unemployment spells. I also show that, unlike in models with exogenous income streams, unemployment transfers, by allowing agents to attain higher wages do not 'crowd out' but increase saving.
Keywords: Job search, asset accumulation liquidity constraints, consumption, unemployment, estimation of dynamic structural models
JEL Classification: C33, E21, E24, J64
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