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Welfare Cost of Fluctuations when Labor Market Search Interacts with Financial Frictions

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  • Eleni Iliopulos

    (University of Evry and CEPREMAP)

  • François Langot

    (University of Le Mans (GAINS-TEPP & IRA), Paris School of Economics and IZA)

  • Thepthida Sopraseuth

    (University of Cergy Pontoise (THEMA) and CEPREMAP)

Abstract

We study the welfare costs of business cycles in a search and matching model with financial frictions à la Kiyotaki & Moore (1997). We investigate the mechanisms that allow the model to replicate the volatility on labor and financial markets. Business cycle costs are sizable and asymmetric. This result is not trivial because the introduction of financial frictions does not per se always dampen welfare. Indeed, when credit costs are counter-cyclical and very responsive to productivity shocks, firms could benefit so much from the fall in hiring costs that the average job finding rate lies above its steady state value.

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  • Eleni Iliopulos & François Langot & Thepthida Sopraseuth, 2017. "Welfare Cost of Fluctuations when Labor Market Search Interacts with Financial Frictions," Documents de recherche 17-02, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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