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Recessions, expectations, and labor supply dynamics

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  • Maurizio Bovi

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  • Massimo Mancini

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We examine how expectations on macroeconomic evolutions affect as many as twelve different labor market status transitions in bad economic times. Such a refined analysis of job search frequencies highlights intriguing findings. In bad economic times, e.g. to make up for the loss in family income, not-working agents would like to work. On the other hand, individuals are somewhat discouraged by the deteriorated expectations and they exert only a limited search effort. This latter turns out to be insufficient to find work in poor labor markets. All in all, the evidence pins down the widespread presence of “timid” responses, depicting a hybrid picture that hardly can be related to one single theoretical approach. Specifically, our findings suggest refining the standard dichotomic setting behind the discouraged worker and added worker literature. Results are based on a battery of multinomial logit models and controlled for several individual-level and aggregate variables. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Quality & Quantity.

Volume (Year): 50 (2016)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 653-671

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Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:50:y:2016:i:2:p:653-671
DOI: 10.1007/s11135-015-0169-1
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