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Firing costs in a business cycle model with endogenous separations

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This paper introduces productivity-dependent firing costs into an otherwise standard endogenous separations matching model. We suggest an alternative to the standard fix cost approach and account for empirical evidence emphasizing that firing costs vary across workers. We show that the model with firing costs outperformes the model without firing costs and replicates the empirical facts fairly well. Furthermore, we present cross-country evidence that countries with stricter employment protection have a weaker Beveridge curve relation and surprisingly more volatile job flow rates.

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  • Wesselbaum, Dennis, 2010. "Firing costs in a business cycle model with endogenous separations," Kiel Working Papers 1550 [rev.], Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    Keywords

    Beveridge Curve; Endogenous Separations; Firing Costs; Second Moments of Job Flows;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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