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Accounting for Endogeneity in Matching Function Estimation

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  • Daniel Borowczyk-Martins

    (Departement d'Economie de Sciences Po)

  • Grégory Jolivet

    (Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne)

  • Fabien Postel-Vinay

    (Département d'économie)

We show that equilibrium matching models imply that standard estimates of the matching function elasticities are exposed to an endogeneity bias, which arises from the search behavior of agents on either side of the market. We offer an estimation method which, under certain structural assumptions about the process driving shocks to matching efficiency, is immune from that bias. Application of our method to the estimation of a basic version of the matching function using aggregate U.S. data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) suggests that the bias can be quantitatively important.

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Date of creation: Jul 2013
Publication status: Published in Review of Economic Dynamics, 2013, vol. 16, pp.440-451
Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/4l136f59vb8mcalu5p6p5li007
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