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Big locational unemployment differences despite high labor mobility

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  • Lkhagvasuren, Damba

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Considerable labor mobility exists across US states, enough that, if migration arbitrages local unemployment, one might expect very low unemployment differences across states. However, cross-state data reveal large unemployment differences. An equilibrium multi-location model with stochastic worker-location match productivity and within-location trading frictions can account for these facts. In the model, some workers move to, or stay in, a location with high unemployment because they are more productive there than elsewhere. According to the model, labor mobility and aggregate unemployment are negatively related. This prediction is in stark contrast to standard sectoral reallocation theory, but consistent with the US data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): 59 (2012)
Issue (Month): 8 ()
Pages: 798-814

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Cited by:
  1. Lutgen, Vanessa & Van der Linden, Bruno, 2013. "Regional Equilibrium Unemployment Theory at the Age of the Internet," IZA Discussion Papers 7763, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, 2012. "Unemployment and Endogenous Reallocation over the Business Cycle," 2012 Meeting Papers 1045, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. 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.
  4. Damba Lkhagvasuren, 2006. "Education, Mobility and the College Wage Premium," Working Papers 14001, Concordia University, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2013.
  5. Nikolay Gospodinov & Damba Lkhagvasuren, 2011. "A Moment-Matching Method for Approximating Vector Autoregressive Processes by Finite-State Markov Chains," Working Papers 11005, Concordia University, Department of Economics, revised 16 Dec 2011.
  6. Paul Gomme & Damba Lkhagvasuren, 2011. "The Cyclicality of Search Intensity in a Competitive Search Model," Working Papers 11003, Concordia University, Department of Economics.
  7. David L. Fuller & Marianna Kudlyak & Damba Lkhagvasuren, 2013. "Productivity insurance: the role of unemployment benefits in a multi-sector model," Working Paper 13-11, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

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