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Estimating a Search and Matching Model of the Ag-gregate Labor Market in Japan

This paper studies how well a simple search and matching model can describe aggregate Japanese labor market dynamics in a full information setting. We develop a discrete-time search and matching model with a convex vacancy posting cost and three shocks: productivity, separation, and mark-up shocks. We use the model as a data-generating process for our empirical analysis and estimate it by using Bayesian methods. The model is successful in replicating the behavior of unemployment and vacancies in Japan. However, we also find that the success of the model relies on shock processes that are not empirically plausible.

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Paper provided by Research Institute, International University of Japan in its series Working Papers with number EMS_2013_09.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iuj:wpaper:ems_2013_09
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