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Labor Market Search and Real Business Cycles: Reconciling Nash Bargaining with the Real Wage Dynamics

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  • Arnaud Cheron

    (Universite du Maine)

  • Francois Langot

    (Universite du Maine)

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This paper modifies the standard one-sector stochastic growth model in an effort to explain the observed low procyclicality of the aggregate real wage in the US. The modifications include labor market matching with Nash-bargaining of wages and preferences as introduced in the literature by Rogerson and Wright [1988]. These preferences are non-separable in consumption and leisure. They imply that in an equilibrium with effcient risk-sharing, the utility of employed agents exceeds that of unemployed agents. The simulation results suggest that our modified model overcomes one important weakness of the standard model, namely the predicted high contemporaneous correlation of the aggregate real wage with both output and labor input. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Arnaud Cheron & Francois Langot, 2004. "Labor Market Search and Real Business Cycles: Reconciling Nash Bargaining with the Real Wage Dynamics," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 7(2), pages 476-493, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:7:y:2004:i:2:p:476-493
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2003.11.003
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    Keywords

    search; wage; bargaining; welfare; business cycle;
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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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