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On the cyclical behavior of employment, unemployment and labor force participation

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  • Veracierto, Marcelo

In this paper I evaluate to what extent a real business cycle (RBC) model that incorporates search and home production decisions can simultaneously account for the observed behavior of employment, unemployment and out-of-the-labor-force. This contrasts with the previous RBC literature, which analyzed employment or hours fluctuations either by lumping together unemployment and out-of-the-labor-force into a single non-employment state or by assuming a fixed labor force. Once the three employment states are explicitly introduced I find that the RBC model generates highly counterfactual labor market dynamics.

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Volume (Year): 55 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 (September)
Pages: 1143-1157

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