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What is Behind the Recent Increase in Labor Force Participation?


  • Tuzemen, Didem

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

  • Willis, Jonathan L.

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)


Didem Tüzemen and Jonathan L. Willis find that the recent increase in labor force participation is due not to more workers entering the labor force, but to fewer workers exiting it.

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  • Tuzemen, Didem & Willis, Jonathan L., 2016. "What is Behind the Recent Increase in Labor Force Participation?," Macro Bulletin, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 1-4, Nov 14.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedkmb:00046

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    1. Kyle Handley & Nuno Limão, 2015. "Trade and Investment under Policy Uncertainty: Theory and Firm Evidence," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 7(4), pages 189-222, November.
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    4. Sly, Nicholas, 2016. "Global Uncertainty and U.S. Exports," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issue Q II, pages 5-23.
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    Labor force;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure


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