Search Frictions on Product and Labor Markets: Money in the Matching Function

40 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2007

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Etienne Lehmann

CREST; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - School of Economic and Social Research (IRES); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Bruno Van der Linden

Université Catholique de Louvain - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This paper builds a macroeconomic model of equilibrium unemployment in which firms persistently face difficulties in selling their production and this affects their decisions to create jobs. Due to search-frictions on the product market, equilibrium unemployment is a U-shaped function of the ratio of total demand to total supply on this market. When prices are at their Competitive Search Equilibrium values, the unemployment rate is minimized. Yet, the Competitive Search Equilibrium is not efficient. Inflation is detrimental to unemployment.

Keywords: equilibrium unemployment, matching, inflation, demand constraints

JEL Classification: E12, E24, E31, J63

Suggested Citation

Lehmann, Etienne and Van der Linden, Bruno, Search Frictions on Product and Labor Markets: Money in the Matching Function (March 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2718. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=981705

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - School of Economic and Social Research (IRES) ( email )

3, Place Montesquieu
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Bruno Van der Linden

Université Catholique de Louvain - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales ( email )

3, Place Montesquieu
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://perso.uclouvain.be/bruno.vanderlinden/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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