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News shocks and labour market dynamics in matching models

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  • Konstantinos Theodoridis
  • Francesco Zanetti

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We enrich a baseline real business cycle (RBC) model with search and matching frictions on the labour market and real frictions that are helpful in accounting for the response of macroeconomic aggregates to shocks. The analysis allows shocks to have an unanticipated and a news (i.e., anticipated) component. The Bayesian estimation of the model reveals that the model that includes news shocks on macroeconomic aggregates produces a remarkable fit of the data. News shocks in stationary and non-stationary TFP, investment-specific productivity and preference shocks significantly affect labour market variables and explain a sizeable fraction of macroeconomic fluctuations at medium- and long-run horizons. Historically, news shocks have played a relevant role for output, but they have had a limited influence on unemployment.

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  • Konstantinos Theodoridis & Francesco Zanetti, 2016. "News shocks and labour market dynamics in matching models," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 49(3), pages 906-930, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:49:y:2016:i:3:p:906-930
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    1. Luca Gambetti & Dimitris Korobilis & John D. Tsoukalas & Francesco Zanetti, 2017. "The Effect of News Shocks and Monetary Policy," BCAM Working Papers 1705, Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics.
    2. Faccini, Renato & Melosi, Leonardo, 2018. "The Role of News about TFP in U.S. Recessions and Booms," Working Paper Series WP-2018-6, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
    3. Christoph Görtz & John D. Tsoukalas & Francesco Zanetti, 2016. "News Shocks under Financial Frictions," Working Papers 2016_15, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.

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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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