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The cyclical behavior of equilibrium unemployment and vacancies across OECD countries

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  • Pedro S. Amaral
  • Murat Tasci

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We show that the inability of a standardly-calibrated stochastic labor search-and-matching model to account for the observed volatility of unemployment and vacancies extends beyond U.S. data to a set of OECD countries. We also argue that using cross-country data is helpful in evaluating the relative merits of the alternatives that have appeared in the literature. In illustrating this point, we take the solution proposed in Hagedorn and Manovskii (2008) and show that its ability to match the labor market volatility magnitudes seen in the data depends crucially on how persistent the estimated productivity process is.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 1236.

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Keywords: Unemployment ; Wages ; Business cycles ; Human capital;

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  1. Cardullo, Gabriele & Guerrazzi, Marco, 2013. "The Cyclical Volatility of Equilibrium Unemployment and Vacancies: Evidence from Italy," MPRA Paper 51726, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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