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Labor Markets in the Global Financial Crisis: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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  • Mary C. Daly
  • John G. Fernald
  • Òscar Jordà
  • Fernanda Nechio

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This note examines labor market performance across countries through the lens of Okun?s Law. We find that after the 1970s but prior to the global financial crisis of the 2000s, the Okun?s Law relationship between output and unemployment became more homogenous across countries. These changes presumably reflected institutional and technological changes. But, at least in the short term, the global financial crisis undid much of this convergence, in part because the affected countries adopted different labor market policies in response to the global demand shock.

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  • Mary C. Daly & John G. Fernald & Òscar Jordà & Fernanda Nechio, 2014. "Labor Markets in the Global Financial Crisis: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Working Paper Series 2014-11, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2014-11
    DOI: 10.24148/wp2014-11
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    Keywords

    Okun’s Law; Labor Markets; Labor Hoarding;
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    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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