Wage Growth, Productivity Growth, and the Evolution of Employment
AbstractThis paper studies the impact of wage growth on the evolution of employment in an intertemporal general-equilibrium model with endogenous productivity growth. For real wage growth above laissez-faire levels, we obtain steady-state equilibria in which productivity grows at the same rate as wages, the interest rate is below the laissez-faire level, and so ist the common growth rate of consumption, demand, and output. In these steady-state equilibria employment contracts at a constant rate equal to the difference between the growth rates of productivity and output. This contrasts with the view that equality of wage growth and productivity growth is a condition for constant employment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim & Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim in its series Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications with number 99-86.
Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 05 Nov 1999
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- Hellwig, Martin F & Irmen, Andreas, 2001. "Wage Growth, Productivity Growth, and the Evolution of Employment," CEPR Discussion Papers 2927, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- D92 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
- E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
- E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution
- J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
- O30 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
- O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth
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