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Do Job Destruction Shocks Matter in the Theory of Unemployment?

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  • Coles, M
  • Kelishomi, AM

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The current DMP approach to labor markets presumes job destruction shocks are small. We relax that assumption and also allow un lled jobs, like unemployment, to evolve as a state variable. Calibrating an otherwise standard DMP framework, we identify a remarkable, (almost) perfect, fit of the empirical facts as reported in Shimer (2005, 2012). The results, how- ever, are also consistent with the insights of Davis and Haltiwanger (1992): that unemployment volatility is driven by large but infrequent job separation shocks. The approach not only provides an important synthesis of two litera- tures which, in other contexts, have appeared contradictory, it also identfies a more traditional view of the timing and progression of recessions.

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  • Coles, M & Kelishomi, AM, 2015. "Do Job Destruction Shocks Matter in the Theory of Unemployment?," Economics Discussion Papers 14462, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
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    1. Do Job Destruction Shocks Matter in the Theory of Unemployment?
      by Christian Zimmermann in NEP-DGE blog on 2016-02-20 03:01:08

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