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The Dynamic Effects of Shocks to Labour Markets: Evidence from OECD Countries

  • Balmaseda, Manuel
  • Dolado, Juan J
  • Lopez-Salido, J David

This paper uses a set of plausible long-run identifying restrictions on a three-variable system, including output growth, real wage growth, and the unemployment rate, to isolate three independent structural shocks which drive fluctuations in those variables in a sample of 16 OECD countries during 1950-96. These shocks are interpreted as aggregate demand, productivity, and labour supply disturbances. As a by-product of the previous analysis, the cyclical behaviour of real wages in response to a demand shock is re-examined and two indices of real wage rigidity are derived. Copyright 2000 by Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 52 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 3-23

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