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Real Wages, Skill Mismatch and Unemployment Persistence

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  • SNEESSENS, Henri R.

    (IRES, Departement des Sciences Economiques, Universite catholique de Louvain)

  • SHADMAN-MEHTA, Fatemeh

    (IRES, Departement des Sciences Economiques, Universite catholique de Louvain)

We develop a model of equilibrium unemployment with endogenous real wages and productivity. We use a framework with explicit quantity constraints and aggregation over micromarkets to derive a Beveridge curve and discuss the relationship between shifts in the Beveridge curve and equilibrium unemployment. We also distinguish skilled and unskilled labor, so that shifts in the aggregate UV-curve can be the outcome of either frictions on the skilled labor market or skill mismatch. Frictions are assumed to be exogenous and are estimated by a linear trend. Skill mismatch is endogenous and depends, a.o., on the skilled/unskilled relative wage. There is a tight relationship and interaction between skill mismatch and equilibrium unemployment. We estimate the model on French annual data, over the period 1962-89. We exploit these results to propose tentative explanations of observed unemployment rises and Beveridge curve shifts, and to discuss a few economic policy options .

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1994050.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 1994
Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1994050
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