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Matching Bias in Labor Demand Estimation

  • Aguilar, Giovanna


    (Universidad Católica del Perú)

  • Rendon, Silvio


    (Stony Brook University)

Using a matched firm-worker dataset, we show both theoretically and empirically that positive assortative matching between firms and workers leads to an underestimation of the absolute value of wage elasticity of labor demand.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3076.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2008, 100 (2), 297-299
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3076
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  1. Hamermesh, Daniel S., 1987. "The demand for labor in the long run," Handbook of Labor Economics, in: O. Ashenfelter & R. Layard (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 8, pages 429-471 Elsevier.
  2. Silvio Rendon & Giovanna Aguilar, 2007. "Employment and Deadweight Loss Effects of Observed Non-Wage Labor Costs," Working Papers 0704, Centro de Investigacion Economica, ITAM.
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