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Falling Labor Share and Rising Unemployment: Long-Run Consequences of Institutional Shocks?

  • Norbert Berthold
  • Rainer Fehn
  • Eric Thode
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    The literature on unemployment has mostly focused on labor market issues while the impact of capital formation is largely neglected. Job creation is often thought to be a matter of encouraging more employment on a given capital stock. In contrast, this paper explicitly deals with the long-run consequences of institutional shocks on capital formation and employment. It is shown that the usual tradeoff between employment and wages disappears in the long run. In line with an appropriation model, the estimated values for the long-run elasticities of substitution between capital and labor for Germany and France are substantially greater than one. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.

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    Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 431-459

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