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Labor Market Frictions, Human Capital Accumulation, and Consumption Inequality

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  • Michael Graber

    (UCL)

  • Jeremy Lise

    (University College London)

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We develop a frictional model of the labor market with stochastic human capital accumulation and incomplete markets. The stochastic process for human capital may be heterogeneous across workers as well as depend on the firm type where the worker is employed. We establish nonparametric identification of the model, and estimate it using matched employer-employee data from Germany. We provide a decomposition of lifecycle inequality in earnings and consumption resulting from heterogeneity in ability, heterogeneity in the rate of human capital accumulation, search frictions (the random allocation of similar workers to different jobs) and the interaction of human capital and search friction (a worker’s history of job opportunities may differentially affect her human capital accumulation opportunities).

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  • Michael Graber & Jeremy Lise, 2016. "Labor Market Frictions, Human Capital Accumulation, and Consumption Inequality," 2016 Meeting Papers 136, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed016:136
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    1. Mariacristina De Nardi & Giulio Fella & Gonzalo Paz Pardo, 2016. "The Implications of Richer Earnings Dynamics for Consumption and Wealth," NBER Working Papers 21917, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Jeremy Lise, 2016. "The Research Agenda: Jeremy Lise on Heterogeneity and dynamics in the labor market and within the household," EconomicDynamics Newsletter, Review of Economic Dynamics, vol. 17(1), April.

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