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The Macrodynamics of the Wage Distribution

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  • Jeremy Lise

    (University of Minnesota)

  • Jean Marc Robin

    (Sciences Po)

  • Rasmus Lentz

    (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Abstract

We develop a tractable model of the evolution of the wage distribution, extending Lise and Robin (2017, LR). Building on results in LR, we provide a fully closed form solution for the evolution of the wage distribution within a class of random search models that feature ex-ante heterogeneity of workers and firms, productivity shocks, and endogenous job creation and destruction. The model has interesting implications for the cyclicality of wages since the flow productivity (and home production) affect the wage positively while the continuation value affect the wage negatively. As a result, wages may be pro-, counter- or a-cyclical depending on the worker's bargaining power and the quantitative estimates of the relative contribution of the flow and continuation value to current wages. Structural estimation of the model using matched employer-employee data is currently in progress.

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  • Jeremy Lise & Jean Marc Robin & Rasmus Lentz, 2017. "The Macrodynamics of the Wage Distribution," 2017 Meeting Papers 1220, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    2. Jeremy Lise & Jean-Marc Robin, 2017. "The Macrodynamics of Sorting between Workers and Firms," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 107(4), pages 1104-1135, April.
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    6. Fabien Postel-Vinay & Jean-Marc Robin, 2002. "Equilibrium wage dispersion with worker and employer heterogeneity," Post-Print hal-03587660, HAL.
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