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Firm and Worker Dynamics in an Aging Labor Market

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  • Engbom, Niklas

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

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I develop an idea flows theory of firm and worker dynamics in order to assess the consequences of population aging. Older people are less likely to attempt entrepreneurship and switch employers because they have found better jobs. Consequently, aging reduces entry and worker mobility through a composition effect. In equilibrium, the lower entry rate implies fewer new, better job opportunities for workers, while the better matched labor market dissuades job creation and entry. Aging accounts for a large share of substantial declines in firm and worker dynamics since the 1980s, primarily due to equilibrium forces. Cross-state evidence supports these predictions.

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  • Engbom, Niklas, 2019. "Firm and Worker Dynamics in an Aging Labor Market," Working Papers 756, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmwp:756
    DOI: 10.21034/wp.756
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    1. Firm and Worker Dynamics in an Aging Labor Market
      by Christian Zimmermann in NEP-DGE blog on 2019-05-10 19:30:02

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    Keywords

    Demographics; Employment; Economic growth; Labor turnover; Entrepreneurial choice;

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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
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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