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Are Real Wages and Unemployment Related?

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  • Jacobson, T.
  • Vredin, A.
  • Warne, A.

In this paper, the authors propose an alternative method for investigating the sources behind the behavior of real wages and unemployment. The model they study is a certain cointegrated VAR, a so-called common trends model, which has become increasingly popular in the empirical growth/business cycle literature. This model leads them to emphasize the distinction between long-run and short-run relations. Using quarterly Swedish data (1965-90), the authors find only weak evidence of a short-run relation between real wages and unemployment as reported in traditional single-equation,`error-correction models. There is even less evidence of a long-run relation. Copyright 1998 by The London School of Economics and Political Science
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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 558.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 1993
Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:558
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