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Heterogeneity, Job Creation and Unemployment Volatility

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In this paper, I explore the impact of match-specific heterogeneity at the job creation margin on business cycle fluctuations. I show that this form of heterogeneity alone does not help to amplify labor market volatility, either under full or under asymmetric information. First, I show analytically that, under full information, heterogeneity has no first-order effect on the response of unemployment and job creation to productivity, and actually tends to dampen the response of market tightness. Then, in a series of calibrations, I show that with both full and asymmetric information, the model delivers labor market volatilities close to the representative-agent, full-information benchmark. Copyright The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2008 .

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  • Veronica Guerrieri, 2008. "Heterogeneity, Job Creation and Unemployment Volatility," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 109(4), pages 667-693, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:109:y:2008:i:4:p:667-693
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    1. Federico di Pace & Kaushik Mitra & Shoujian Zhang, 2014. "Adaptive Learning and Labour Market Dynamics," CDMA Working Paper Series 201408, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis.
    2. Bjoern Bruegemann & Giuseppe Moscarini, 2007. "Rent Rigidity, Asymmetric Information, and Volatility Bounds in Labor Markets," NBER Working Papers 13030, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Di Pace, Federico & Villa, Stefania, 2016. "Factor complementarity and labour market dynamics," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 70-112.

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