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Does the Added Worker Effect Matter?

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  • Guner, Nezih
  • Kulikova, Yuliya
  • Valladares Esteban, Arnau

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The added worker effect (AWE) measures the entry of individuals into the labor force due to their partners' job loss. We propose a new method to calculate the AWE, which allows us to estimate its effect on any labor market outcome. We show that without the AWE reduces the fraction of households with two non-employed members. The AWE also accounts for why women’s employment is less cyclical and symmetric compared to men. In recessions, while some women lose their employment, others enter the labor market and find jobs. This keeps the female employment relatively stable.

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  • Guner, Nezih & Kulikova, Yuliya & Valladares Esteban, Arnau, 2020. "Does the Added Worker Effect Matter?," CEPR Discussion Papers 14346, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Household labor supply; Intra-household insurance; Female employment; Cyclicality; Skewness;
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    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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