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Labor market fluctuations in the small and in the large

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  • Richard Rogerson
  • Lodewijk P. Visschers
  • Randall Wright

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Shimer's calibrated version of the Mortensen-Pissarides model generates unemployment fluctuates much smaller than the data. Hagedorn and Manovskii present an alternative calibration that yields fluctuations consistent with the data, but this has been challenged by Costain and Reiter, who say it generates unrealistically big differences in unemployment from the differences in policy we sees across countries. We argue this concern may be unwarranted, because one cannot assume elasticities relevant for small changes work for large changes. Models with fixed factors in market or household production can generate large effects from small changes and reasonable effects from large changes. This is reminiscent of attempts to improve the labor market in the Kydland-Prescott model, especially ones incorporating household production, like Benhabib, Rogerson and Wright.

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Article provided by The International Society for Economic Theory in its journal International Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 5 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 125-137

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  1. Damba Lkhagvasuren & Roy Nitulescu, 2011. "Sectoral Mobility and Unemployment with Heterogeneous Moving Costs," Working Papers 13003, Concordia University, Department of Economics, revised 14 May 2013.
  2. Lkhagvasuren, Damba, 2012. "Big locational unemployment differences despite high labor mobility," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(8), pages 798-814.
  3. Aleksander Berentsen & Guido Menzio & Randall Wright, 2009. "Inflation and Unemployment in the Long Run," Kiel Working Papers 1501, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  4. Northwestern University & Damba Lkhagvasuren, 2007. "Big Locational Differences in Unemployment Despite High Labor Mobility," 2007 Meeting Papers 922, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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