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Accounting For Endogeneity in Matching Function Estimation

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  • Daniel Borowczyk-Martins

    (University of Bristol)

  • Gregory Jolivet

    (University of Bristol)

  • Fabien Postel-Vinay

    (University of Bristol)

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We show that equilibrium matching models imply that standard estimates of the matching function elasticities are exposed to an endogeneity bias, which arises from the search behavior of agents on either side of the market. We offer an estimation method which, under certain structural assumptions about the process driving shocks to matching efficiency, is immune from that bias. Application of our method to the estimation of a basic version of the matching function using aggregate U.S. data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) suggests that the bias can be quantitatively important. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 440-451

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Keywords: Matching function estimation; Unemployment; Vacancies; Job finding;

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  1. Mukoyama, Toshihiko & Patterson, Christina & Sahin, Aysegul, 2014. "Job search behavior over the business cycle," Staff Reports, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 689, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  2. Aysegül Sahin & Joseph Song & Giorgio Topa & Giovanni L. Violante, 2012. "Mismatch unemployment," Staff Reports, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 566, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  3. Daniel Borowczyk-Martins & Jake Bradley & Linas Tarasonis, 2014. "Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Labor Market: Employment and Wage Differentials by Skill," AMSE Working Papers 1413, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Marseille, France, revised Apr 2014.
  4. Régis Barnichon & Andrew Figura, 2010. "Labor market heterogeneity and the aggregate matching function," Economics Working Papers, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 1395, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Sep 2013.
  5. Ippei Shibata, 2013. "Is Labor Market Mismatch a Big Deal in Japan?," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 13/196, International Monetary Fund.

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