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What Explains the Effects of Technology Shocks on Labor Market Dynamics?

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  • Zheng Liu
  • Louis Phaneuf

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The sticky-price theory has proved fairly successful in explaining the dynamic effects of technology shocks on employment, at least under weak accommodation of monetary policy to the shocks. Yet, when we extend the analysis to a broader set of labor market variables, including employment as well as real wages and nominal wages, the sticky-price theory cannot claim victory: it fails to account for the observed wage dynamics following technology shocks unless one is willing to assume implausibly large degrees of monetary policy accommodation and large values of labor supply elasticity. We show that a model that allows for a role of nominal wage rigidity, coupled with a modest degree of price stickiness as some recent research suggests, provides a better account for the macroeconomic effects of technology shocks on the labor market.

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  • Zheng Liu & Louis Phaneuf, 2004. "What Explains the Effects of Technology Shocks on Labor Market Dynamics?," Emory Economics 0414, Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta).
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    1. Marianna Riggi, 2007. "New Keynesian models with labor market rigidities: a critical survey," Working Papers 102, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
    2. Marianna Riggi & Massimiliano Tancioni, 2008. "Nominal v. Real Wage Rigidities in New Keynesian Models with Hiring Costs," Working Papers 107, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
    3. Ossama Mikhail, 2005. "What Happens After A Technology Shock? A Bayesian Perspective," Macroeconomics 0510016, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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