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Do Frictions Matter in the Labor Market? Accessions, Separations and Minimum Wage Effects

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  • Dube, Arindrajit

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    (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Lester, T. William

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    (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

  • Reich, Michael

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    (University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract

We measure labor market frictions using a strategy that bridges design-based and structural approaches: estimating an equilibrium search model using reduced-form minimum wage elasticities identified from border discontinuities and fitted with Bayesian and LIML methods. We begin by providing the first test of U.S. minimum wage effects on labor market flows and find negative effects on employment flows, but not levels. Separations and accessions fall among restaurants and teens, especially those with low tenure. Our estimated parameters of a search model with wage posting and heterogeneous workers and firms imply that frictions help explain minimum wage effects.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5811.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Keywords: minimum wage; labor market flows; monopsony; Bayesian estimation;

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