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Reallocation and the Changing Nature of Economic Fluctuations

  • Eric Sims

    (University of Notre Dame)

  • Michael Jason Pries

    (University of Notre Dame)

We document several important changes in the nature of economic fluctuations that coincide with the onset of the Great Moderation and the Jobless Recoveries phenomenon. Labor productivity turned from strongly procyclical to countercyclical; sectoral reallocation of labor increased and became less temporally concentrated in the initial stages of a recession; much of the reduction in volatility of various aggregate time series was concentrated in the higher frequency component of those series, while the switch in cyclicality is concentrated in the medium frequency component; the ``efficiency wedge'' declined in importance relative to the ``labor wedge''. We construct a model of labor reallocation that can account for these facts.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2011 Meeting Papers with number 1258.

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  1. Barnichon, Regis, 2010. "Productivity and unemployment over the business cycle," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(8), pages 1013-1025, November.
  2. Daniel Aaronson & Ellen Rissman & Daniel G. Sullivan, 2004. "Can sectoral reallocation explain the jobless recovery?," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue Q II, pages 36-39.
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