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On Intertemporal Substitution and Aggregate Labor Supply

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  • Alogoskoufis, George S

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In this paper, the author presents an econometric investigation of t he implications of the intertemporal substitution hypothesis for aggregate employment in the United States. The tests are based on a version of the hypothesis with time-separable preferences. On the basis of the evidence produced, the hypothesis is quite successful in explaining fluctuations in aggregate employment, although almost totally unsuccessful in accounting for fluctuations in employee hours. These findings suggest that the hypothesis might have an important role to play in macroeconomic modeling, although they contradict attempts to account for aggregate fluctuations solely in terms of continuous competitive equilibrium in labor markets. Copyright 1987 by University of Chicago Press.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 95 (1987)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 938-60

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  1. Wen, Yi, 1998. "Can a real business cycle model pass the Watson test?," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 185-203, June.
  2. João Ricardo Faria & Miguel León-Ledesma, 2000. "The Intertemporal Substitution Model of Labor Supply in an Open Economy," Studies in Economics 0009, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  3. John Creedy & Alan Duncan, 2001. "Aggregating Labour Supply And Feedback Effects In Microsimulation," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 823, The University of Melbourne.
  4. Ali Dib & Louis Phaneuf, 2005. "Intertemporal Substitution in Macroeconomics: Evidence from a Two-Dimensional Labour Supply Model with Money," Working Papers 05-30, Bank of Canada.
  5. Domeij, David & Floden, Martin, 2001. "The labor-supply elasticity and borrowing constraints: Why estimates are biased," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 480, Stockholm School of Economics.
  6. H. Osano & T. Inoue, 1988. "Testing Between Competing Models of Business Cycles: The Efficient Long-Term Contract Hypothesis Versus the Intertemporal Substitution Hypothesis," Discussion Papers 768, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
  7. Dr. Belkacem Laabas , Dr. Weshah Razzak, . "Taxes, Natural Resource Endowment, and the Supply of Labor: New Evidence," API-Working Paper Series 1005, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
  8. Jang-Ok Cho & Merrigan, Philip & Phaneuf, Louis, 1998. "Weekly employee hours, weeks worked and intertemporal substitution," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 185-199, February.
  9. University of Siena & Riccardo Fiorito, 2008. "Labor Supply Elasticities: Can Micro Be Misleading for Macro?," 2008 Meeting Papers 902, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  10. Jang-Ok Cho & Thomas Cooley & Hyung Seok Kim, . "Business Cycle Uncertainty and Economic Welfare," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics.
  11. Riccardo Fiorito & Giulio Zanella, 2012. "The Anatomy of the Aggregate Labor Supply Elasticity," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 15(2), pages 171-187, April.
  12. Tatsuji Hayakawa & Paul Zak, 2002. "Debt, Death and Taxes," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 9(2), pages 157-173, March.
  13. Daehaeng Kim & Chul-In Lee, 2007. "On-the-Job Human Capital Accumulation in a Real Business Cycle Model: Implications for Intertemporal Substitution Elasticity and Labor Hoarding," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 10(3), pages 494-518, July.
  14. Faria, Joao Ricardo & Leon-Ledesma, Miguel A., 2005. "Real exchange rate and employment performance in an open economy," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 67-80, March.

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