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On Modelling the Natural Rate of Unemployment with Indivisible Labour

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  • Jeremy Greenwood
  • Gregory W. Huffman

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This analysis investigates modeling the natural rate of unemployment in settings wh ere labor's utilization has some lumpy aspect to it. Specifically, th e introduction of various nonconvexities into tastes and technology l ead to unemployment in general equilibrium. Equilibria can emerge whe re (1) those currently unemployed have higher probabilities of being unemployed in the future than those currently employed; (2) some agen ts are jobless while others work overtime; and (3) seniority rules se emingly arise whereby old workers cannot be laid off so long as eithe r new workers are being hired or some workers are doing overtime. The relative welfare levels of employed and unemployed agents are analyz ed.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 21 (1988)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 587-609

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:21:y:1988:i:3:p:587-609

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  1. Parantap Basu & Laura Marsiliani & Thomas I. Renström, 2004. "Optimal Dynamic Taxation with Indivisible Labour," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 72(s1), pages 34-54, 09.
  2. Shell, Karl & Wright, Randall, 1993. "Indivisibilities, Lotteries, and Sunspot Equilibria," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 1-17, January.
  3. Basu, Parantap & Marsiliani, Laura & Renström, Thomas I, 2004. "Optimal Dynamic Taxation with Indivisible Labour," CEPR Discussion Papers 4190, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Jeremy Greenwood & Glenn M. MacDonald & Guang-Jia Zhang, 1995. "The cyclical behavior of job creation and job destruction: A sectoral model," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 95-112.
  5. Parantap Basu & Thomas Renstrom, . "When to Tax Labor?," Wallis Working Papers WP28, University of Rochester - Wallis Institute of Political Economy.
  6. Jess Benhabib & Randall Wright & Richard Rogerson, 1990. "Homework in Macoreconomics I: Basic Theory (Part I of II)," NBER Working Papers 3344, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Basu, Parantap & Renström, Thomas I, 2002. "When to Tax Labour?," CEPR Discussion Papers 3456, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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