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Strategic Wage Bargaining, Labor Market Volatility, and Persistence

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  • Matthias S. Hertweck

    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

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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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  • Matthias S. Hertweck, 2011. "Strategic Wage Bargaining, Labor Market Volatility, and Persistence," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2011-26, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  • Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1126
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    Keywords

    Business Cycles; Matching; Strategic Bargaining; Vacancy Persistence;
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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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