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Firm Entry, Endogenous Markups and the Dynamics of the Labor Share

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  • Andrea Colciago

    (Department of Economics, University of Milano Bicocca)

  • Lorenza Rossi

    () (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

Abstract

Recent U.S. evidence suggests that the response of the labor share to a productivity shock is characterized by countercyclicality and overshooting. These findings cannot be easily reconciled with existing business cycle models. We extend the standard model of search and matching in the labor market by considering strategic interactions among an endogenous number of producers. This leads to countercyclical price markups. While Nash bargaining is sufficient to capture the labor share countercyclicality, we show that countercyclical markups are key to address the overshooting.

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  • Andrea Colciago & Lorenza Rossi, 2012. "Firm Entry, Endogenous Markups and the Dynamics of the Labor Share," Quaderni di Dipartimento 168, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
  • Handle: RePEc:pav:wpaper:168
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    Keywords

    Endogenous Market Structures; Oligopolistic Competition; Firms' Entry; Search and Matching Frictions; Labor Share Overshooting.;

    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
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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