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A closer look at the gap. A comment on Cooper and Willis' 'mind the gap' paper

  • Christian Bayer

    (Universität Dortmund)

Recently, there has been a lively debate between Cooper and Willis (2001,2002,2003a, 2003b) and Caballero and Engel (2004) about the apropriateness of the so-called 'gap approach' to labor adjustment. Cooper and Willis claim that the gap approach is unable to identify non- convex adjustment costs because of a measurement error under the alternative hypothesis of convex costs. This comment assesses the validity of Cooper and Willis' claim by providing evidence from a number of Monte-Carlo experiments. In contrast to Cooper and Willis findings from single simulations, the experiments reveal no tendency to falsely reject the convex-cost hypothesis if one uses the correct one-sided test for non-convexities. In fact, the parameter estimates are typically biased against the hypothesis of non-convex costs. Consequently, there is no tendency to falsely reject although the estimates show substantial excess dispersion as a result of a spurious regression problem.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 17 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0408010
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  1. Russell Cooper & Jonathan L. Willis, 2001. "The economics of labor adjustment : mind the gap," Research Working Paper RWP 01-06, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
  2. Ricardo J. Caballero & Eduardo M.R.A. Engel, 2004. "Three Strikes and You.re Out: Reply to Cooper and Willis," Working Papers 883, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
  3. Ricardo J. Caballero & Eduardo M.R.A. Engel, 1994. "Explaining Investment Dynamics in U.S. Manufacturing: A Generalized (S,s) Approach," NBER Working Papers 4887, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Ricardo J. Caballero & Eduardo M.R.A. Engel, 1992. "Microeconomic Adjustment Hazards and Aggregate Dynamics," NBER Working Papers 4090, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Caballero, Ricardo J & Engel, Eduardo M R A & Haltiwanger, John, 1997. "Aggregate Employment Dynamics: Building from Microeconomic Evidence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 87(1), pages 115-37, March.
  6. Cabalero, R.J., 1997. "Aggregaete Investment," Working papers 97-20, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
  7. Russell W. Cooper & Jonathan Willis, 2003. "The Cost of Labor Adjustment: Inferences from the Gap," NBER Working Papers 10006, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. Ricardo J. Caballero & Eduardo M. R. A. Engel & John C. Haltiwanger, 1995. "Plant-Level Adjustment and Aggregate Investment Dynamics," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 26(2), pages 1-54.
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