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Strategic Wage Bargaining, Labor Market Volatility, and Persistence

  • Matthias S. Hertweck

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

This paper modifies the standard Mortensen-Pissarides model in order to explain the cyclical behavior of vacancies and unemployment. The modifications include strategic wage bargaining and convex labor adjustment costs. We find that this setup replicates the cyclical behavior of both labor market variables remarkably well. First, we show that the model with strategic wage bargaining matches closely the volatility of vacancies and unemployment. Second, the introduction of convex labor adjustment costs makes both variables much more persistent. Third, our analysis indicates that these two modifications are complementary in generating labor market volatility and persistence.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2011-26.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1126
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