On Modelling the Natural Rate of Unemployment with Indivisible Labour
This analysis investigates modeling the natural rate of unemployment in settings wh ere labor's utilization has some lumpy aspect to it. Specifically, th e introduction of various nonconvexities into tastes and technology l ead to unemployment in general equilibrium. Equilibria can emerge whe re (1) those currently unemployed have higher probabilities of being unemployed in the future than those currently employed; (2) some agen ts are jobless while others work overtime; and (3) seniority rules se emingly arise whereby old workers cannot be laid off so long as eithe r new workers are being hired or some workers are doing overtime. The relative welfare levels of employed and unemployed agents are analyz ed.
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Volume (Year): 21 (1988)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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