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The Employment-Productivity Relation with Employment Criteria

  • Michael Sattinger
  • Sumati Srinivas

This paper analyzes labor market responses to productivity shocks when firms set employment criteria on the basis of the likelihood of hiring high productivity or low productivity workers. In response to a positive productivity shock, firms do not raise the criterion as much as the shock, increasing the proportion of low productivity workers among the employed. The observed average productivity may respond negligibly even if employment changes substantially in response to the shock. Interest rate fluctuations can yield an opposite relation between productivity and employment, explaining the weak empirical relationship between the variables.

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Paper provided by University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 03-07.

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