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When Hosios meets Phillips: Connecting Efficiency and Stability to Demand Shocks


  • Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau
  • Etienne Wasmer
  • Philippe Weil


In an economy with frictional goods and labor markets there exist a price and a wage that implement the constrained efficient allocation. This price maximizes the marginal revenue of labor, balancing a price and a trading effect on firm revenue, and this wage trades off the benefits of job creation against the cost of turnover in the labor market. We show under bargaining over prices and wages that a double Hosios condition: (i) implements the constrained efficient allocation; (ii) also minimizes the elasticity of labor market tightness and job creation to a demand shock, and; (iii) that the relative response of wages to that of unemployment to changes in demand flattens as workers lose bargaining power, and it is steepest when there is efficient rent sharing in the goods market between consumers and producers, thereby relating changes in the slope of a wage Phillips curve to the constrained efficiency of allocations.

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  • Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau & Etienne Wasmer & Philippe Weil, 2021. "When Hosios meets Phillips: Connecting Efficiency and Stability to Demand Shocks," Working Papers ECARES 2021-06, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/319747

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    Aggregate demand; unemployment; search and matching frictions; market power; constrained efficiency; wage Phillips curve;
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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
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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