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Extensive vs. Intensive Margin in Germany and the United States: Any Differences?

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  • Merkl, Christian

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • Wesselbaum, Dennis

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

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This paper analyzes the role of the extensive vis-à-vis the intensive margin of labor adjustment in Germany and in the United States. The contribution is twofold. First, we provide an update of older U.S. studies and confirm the view that the extensive margin (i.e., the adjustment in the number of workers) explains the largest part in the overall variability in aggregate hours. Second, although the German labor market structure is very different from its U.S. counterpart, the quantitative importance of the extensive margin is of similar magnitude.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5117.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics Letters. 2011, 18 (9), 805 - 808
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5117

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Keywords: extensive and intensive margin; variance decomposition; business cycle;

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  1. Jung, Sven, 2013. "Employment Adjustment in German Firms," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79696, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  2. Makoto Kakinaka & Hiroaki Miyamoto, 2012. "Extensive vs. Intensive Margin in Japan," Working Papers EMS_2012_14, Research Institute, International University of Japan.
  3. Klinger, Sabine & Spitznagel, Eugen & Alatalo, Johanna & Berglind, Karin & Gustavsson, Håkan & Kure, Hans & Nio, Ilkka & Salmins, Janis & Skuja, Vita & Sorbo, Johannes, 2012. "The labour markets in Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden 2006-2010 : Developments and challenges for the future," IAB-Forschungsbericht 201207, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  4. Jung, Sven, 2012. "Employment adjustment in German firms," Discussion Papers 80, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  5. Dennis, Wesselbaum, 2012. "Gender-speci�c Differences in Labor Market Adjustment Patterns: Evidence from the United States," MPRA Paper 43040, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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