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Questions tagged [labor-economics]

Labor economics is the branch of microeconomics that studies labor markets and its peculiarities. Labor economists usually study topics such as career choice, returns to schooling, determinants of labor productivity, wages, gender and racial gaps.

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Can we measure labor demand by the wage bill?

Does it imply the assumption that there is never an excess demand for labor? And so we can measure labor demand as an equilibrium value, the wage bill. Reference: In the introduction of this paper (...
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In a Neoclassical model, if $w$ is the wage rate and $L$ is total hours, $w \times L$ is the wage bill. Is this correct?

Also, from the production point of view, we call $w \times L$ the wage bill, which is the total labor income from the consumption side point of view. Correct?
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What is the relation between the trade deficit and the outsourcing of jobs?

To make it easier, let's imagine USA exports nothing and imports nothing (or the exports have the same value with the imports = 0 trade deficit = the country exports the same amount of jobs as it is ...
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Elasticity of substitution between leisure in two periods

This is a basic question, but I am new to macro models. The question is from Romer's text. Assume a household only has one member and has no initial wealth, and the household lives for two periods. ...
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What affects the percent of working women within the country

I am making a multidimensional regression model. The independent variables that I have chosen are : 1)GDP per capita 2)life expectancy 3)average birth per woman 4)female unemployment 5)feminine ...
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Is there any reliable data on what % of the UK population currently earn less than £17,300 annually?

According to the Living Wage Foundation the "real living wage" in the UK is £9 an hour Which assuming a 37 hour week & rounding to the nearest whole GBP amounts to £17,375 Formula used ((9*37)/...
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Reference request: Gender wage gap / Minority wage gap

Disclaimer: I am neither a social scientist nor an economist. I hope the ESE is the right place to ask this question. Disclaimer 2: I do not intend to spark an ideologically driven discussion here. ...
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What predictions do economic models make for an economy where 50% of the population earn less than the cost of living? [closed]

These are the admittedly somewhat disparate pieces of information gleaned from separate sources that the question arose from. According to The living wage foundation the real cost of living in ...
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reference request: models of how racism or sexism affects decision making

My background is more in statistics and applied math, so I am not familiar with the breadth of decision making models from economics. However, I am working on a project that involves decision making ...
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Best financial model to proportionally distribute the company's income to all employees?

I'm planning to start a project of something "innovative". And among some of the parts of the project that I'm thinking about, it's in the term of how money (profits) should be distributed. The truth ...
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Macroeconomic models with labor-replacing capital?

I am reading article http://public.gettysburg.edu/~tlin/research/robots-main.pdf "A New Keynesian Model with Robots: Implications for Business Cycles and Monetary Policy" and I wonder how actual this ...
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What is the total contribution to the US GDP through penal labour?

According to the International Labor Organization, in 2000-2011 wages in American prisons ranged between $\$0.23$ and $\$1.15$ an hour. In California, prisoners earn between $\$0.30$ and $\$0.95$ an ...
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Why do stricter emission limits cost jobs?

I live in Germany and as most people know the car industry is very important in our country. Currently, there is a discussion about stricter emission limits for cars in the European Union. The car ...
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Hours worked increases with wage

So I have been given a utility function = $ 48 R + Ry -R^2$ where $R$ represents leisure hours and $y$ represents labour income. $y=rl$, $r$ is wage rate and $l$ is labour hours. Find hours worked ...
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How can the number of hairdressers in the UK be up 50% since 2010?

In this recent article, The Economist argues that one of the reasons behind the anaemic recent wage growth in Britain is that the recent job growth has been concentrated in lower-productivity jobs and ...
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How do Marxists account for fiat money?

LTV predicts that fiat currency, which requires zero labor to produce, should have zero value. Empirically, fiat currency does not have zero value. How do Marxists account for this. The to responses I ...
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Empirical explanation on divergence between productivity and wages since the 70s

There is a well know graph, that shows a tight link between productivity and wages, until the 70s, and a break of the link since: There's a lot of possible explanations for this, I keep hearing more ...
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Does it make economic sense for only some universities in a certain area to pay their sports scholars?

Apparently ‘Athletic scholarships are common in the United States, but in many countries they are rare or non-existent.’ But are there countries where there are some universities that offer sports ...
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labor share and growth

Is there a link between the level of the labor share and growth? In standard models growth is the rate of (labor augmenting) technical progress and labor force. So does that mean if the labor share ...
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Neo-Classical or Neo-Institutionalist Labor Economists?

How would you classify labor economists as neo-classical or neo-institutionalist? I have just begun reading Boyer and Smith (2001) and the authors emphasize the role that institutionalist have played ...
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Dissertations and Advisers of well established economists?

I am researching on labor economists like Francine D. Blau, graduated from Harvard University PhD. Econ 1975. I am trying to find her dissertation and her doctoral advisers to understand the school of ...
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Has any research found that automation will decrease inequality?

A paper by IMF researchers (but not an official position of the IMF) has found that automation will lead to higher inequality under all scenarios they considered. Even in the scenario where robots ...
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Articles about the economics of non-compete contracts

Today I read in a non-scientific article that Amazon requires some physical workers to sign non-compete agreements. I used to think that the idea behind allowing non-compete clauses in contracts is to ...
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Unemployment Rate Volatility

Is there a statistic that describes the “churn” in the unemployment rate i.e. how many became unemployed compared to how many found work? I’ve heard of unemployment volatility (https://www....
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How would the innovation curve and market design change because of AI generated/ assisted IP

How would the IP market change if AI generated/ assisted IP (Patents) are allowed. As of now, Copyrights do not permit non-human authorship and Patent law is silent about such cases. I want to ...
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Burdett and Mortensen (1998), Equation (22), Integral by parts question

Suppose $F(x)$ and $H(x)$ are both cumulative prob dist functions on the support of $[b_0,b_1]$ and we know followings: $$u(x|F)=\int_{b_0}^{x}\frac{m}{1+k[1-F(b)]} dH(b)$$ and from this $$[1+k(1-...
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What is a good employment projection number? (bls.gov)

I can't seem to find an answer via google. How do I use bls.gov's employment projection numbers to find a degree or a career worth pursuing? Mechanical Engineering is projected to have 25,000 jobs ...
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Profit maximizing by monopsonist facing separate labour supply schedules for males and females

Suppose a firm is a monopsonist in the labor market and faces separate labor supply functions for males and female workers. The labor supply function for male workers is given by: $L_m$= $w_m^k$ ...
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Lack of skilled IT workforce, but they do not raise wages

In my country, Portugal, many IT companies are always complaining in media regarding the lack of skilled IT workforce, but they do not raise wages. We have statistical data from the government that ...
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Ad-driven skills gap?

In a Business Insider piece I read that: Michael Madowitz, an economist at the Center for American Progress, says he is "unusually unsympathetic to the evergreen skills gap critique." "First ...
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Does labor mobility create a certain type of market failure?

Oxford professor Ewart Keep writes in a paper titled Market Failure in Skills (p. 3) that For firms there is the problem of investment in staff who may leave taking their skills with them. ...
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Labour Market: simple macroeconomic modeling

I just started reviewing macroeconomic modeling for an upcoming entry exam, and I'm not sure about my answers in this application: Suppose that the economy of a country has a representative firm ...
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Why doesn't the concept of employee engagement work in practice? [closed]

The concept of employee engagement looks like an overwhelming obvious way of improving business performance, yet since the mid-nineties, and after spending billions on engagement improvement systems, ...
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Expectation augmented Phillips Curve

Currently studying Intro to Macroeconomics, and faced Expectations augmented PC. In my textbook it is not clear how expected inflation affects unemployment. My view so far, is that expected inflation ...
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Does a fall in the wage rate always reduce hours worked?

In the Neoclassical Labor-Leisure model, does a fall in the wage rate always reduce hours worked? Or does it depend on whether the substitution or income effect dominates?
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Profit maximization question

Two firms are in a market together. They produce a product. Total revenue from sales is $y=K+L$ K is the amount of capital L is the amount of labor These two firms each specialized in supplying ...
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How to find a new instrumental variable

I want to replicate the econometrics analysis from the paper by Autor, Dorn and Hanson (2013): The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States http://...
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How did we arrive to 40 hr work week?

I am interested in a (reasonably) quantified explanation of why the work week in most of the world is 40 hrs and not for example 20? How did we arrive to the number 40. Another question is, and here ...
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Instrumental Variable Paper for Minimum Wage

I am trying to write a paper dealing with minimum wages and employment. I understand there is simultaneity bias between these two variables so I must come up with an instrument. Does anyone have any ...
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How to set a minimum wage

How does a country set an optimum minimum wage, i have went through loads of website but none of them give me a satisfied answer. For example, median of a country's income, percentage of GDP and such ...
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How is it economically responsible to destroy proprty which has value? [closed]

precursor: bitcoin.stackexchange.com/q/1851 How can it be economically responsible to destroy property which has value? If a property is destroyed (which is the right of the property holder in most ...
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Economic impacts of Migration on the Labour Market

Many natives don't prefer foreigners taking their jobs, is it actually a bad thing for the countries economy?
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Real Business Cycle Theory

Which academic paper does this diagram come from? Need to know for citation purposes. Apparently its King and Rebelo (2005) but doesn't seem to be the case.
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Incomes of different professions [duplicate]

Doctors average salary is around \$110,000 a year, whereas NBA stars salary may well cross \$5,000,000 a season. Why do sports players and television stars make more than doctors and politicians?
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What did Adam Smith mean by skill, dexterity and judgement?

Aspiring economist major here and I began reading Smith's "Wealth of Nations" today and, even a few pages in, do not completely understand the difference between the three due to the rather opaque ...
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Productivity issue

Could someone help with the following? Company produces products of daily demand. It employs workers In number of 12 people (HER) Wages of workers. The costs of hiring and firing are 25 per employee, ...
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Productivity and wages in a task-based model

In a task-based model like the one developed in Acemoglu&Autor 2011 with two types of worker, can the low type have a higher wage with respect to the high type? More specifically: if the ...
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The Shapiro-Stiglitz model. Why under full employment do unemployed workers find jobs instantly?

Under the Shapiro-Stiglitz model the No-Shirking Condition is: $$w=\bar{e}+\left( \rho +\frac{\bar{L}}{\bar{L}-NL}b \right)\frac{\bar{e}}{q}$$ Where: $\bar{e}=$ exerted effort by employees $\rho=$ ...
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Meaning of Decline in Job Vacancies

Tightening Labour Market: This means that unemployment is falling and there are few job vacancies available. The decline in job vacancies tends to push up wages as firms find it more difficult to ...
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Interest rate Effects on labour supply

I was analysing, free of specificities, the effects of an increase in the real interest rate on labour supply in a two period setting. The obvious effect on leisure is the intertemporal substitution ...