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Flexible prices, labor market frictions, and the response of employment to technology shocks

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  • Mandelman, Federico S.

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

  • Zanetti, Francesco

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    (Oxford University)

Recent empirical evidence establishes that a positive technology shock leads to a decline in labor inputs. Can a flexible price model enriched with labor market frictions replicate this stylized fact? We develop and estimate a standard flexible price model using Bayesian methods that allows, but does not require, labor market frictions to generate a negative response of employment to a technology shock. We find that labor market frictions account for the fall in labor inputs.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2013
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