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The Unemployment Volatility Puzzle: The Role of Matching Costs Revisited

  • Silva, José Ignacio
  • Toledo, Manuel

Recently, Pissarides (2008) has argued that the standard search model with sunk fixed matching costs increases unemployment volatility without introducing an unrealistic wage response in new matches. We revise the role of matching costs and show that when these costs are not sunk and, therefore, can be partially passed on to new hired workers in the form of lower wages, the amplication mechanism of fixed matching costs is considerably reduced and wages in new hired positions become more sensitive to productivity shocks.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 17719.

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Date of creation: 25 May 2009
Date of revision: 08 Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17719
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