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The macro-dynamics of sorting between workers and firms

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  • Jeremy Lise

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

  • Jean-Marc Robin

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Sciences Po)

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We develop an equilibrium model of on-the-job search with ex-ante heterogeneous workers and firms, aggregate uncertainty and vacancy creation. The model produces rich dynamics in which the distributions of unemployed workers, vacancies and worker-firm matches evolve stochastically over time. We prove that the surplus function, which fully characterises the match value and the mobility decision of workers, does not depend on these distributions. We estimate the model on US labour market data from 1951-2007 and predict the fit for 2008-12. We use the model to measure the cyclicality of mismatch between workers and jobs.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W13/22.

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Keywords: On-the-job search; heterogeneity; aggregate fluctuations; mis-match;

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  1. Guido Menzio & Shouyong Shi, 2009. "Block Recursive Equilibria for Stochastic Models of Search on the Job," PIER Working Paper Archive 09-005, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  2. Guido Menzio & Shouyong Shi, 2008. "Efficient Search on the Job and the Business Cycle," PIER Working Paper Archive 08-029, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
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  4. Giuseppe Moscarini & Fabien Postel-Vinay, 2013. "Stochastic Search Equilibrium," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 80(4), pages 1545-1581.
  5. Marcus Hagedorn & Iourii Manovskii, 2005. "The Cyclical Behavior of Equilibrium Unemployment and Vacancies Revisited," 2005 Meeting Papers 460, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  6. Postel-Vinay, Fabien & Robin, Jean-Marc, 2002. "Equilibrium Wage Dispersion with Worker and Employer Heterogeneity," CEPR Discussion Papers 3548, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  7. Jean‐Marc Robin, 2011. "On the Dynamics of Unemployment and Wage Distributions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 79(5), pages 1327-1355, 09.
  8. Moscarini, Giuseppe & Thomsson, Kaj, 2006. "Occupational and Job Mobility in the US," Working Papers 19, Yale University, Department of Economics.
  9. Jean-Marc Robin, 2011. "On the Dynamics of unemployment and wage Distributions," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/eu4vqp9ompq, Sciences Po.
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  1. Carrillo-Tudela, Carlos & Visschers, Ludo, 2012. "Unemployment and Endogenous Reallocation over the Business Cycle," MPRA Paper 43702, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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