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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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How does economic theory handle full automation of production resulting in full unemployment?

As advances in robotics and artificial intelligence continue, one possible outcome is a laborless economy, in which capital (means of production) is the dominant factor in production, by multiple ...
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How to overcome measurement error in variable for immigration year?

I'm using the Current Population Survey and studying immigration. There's a variable: Year of Entry into the United States for the Foreign Born. The survey is administered to a representative sample ...
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What does the elasticity of substitution between capital and labour mean?

For example, if i have elasticity of substitution equal to 5 and 0.6 what does it imply about the capital to labor ratio? When it is 5 does it imply that it is easier to replace labor with capital. As ...
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Division of labor vs division of work

Some authors makes the difference between these two terms. Could somebody explain what is the difference between division of labor and division of work?
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What models exist that explain which people emigrate to another country?

I'm looking for papers about this, or if there's a pretty standard model across many papers, then maybe just a rundown of the model. I'd like to use the model in an econometric analysis. For example, ...
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Finding labor supply function from equation of labor market [closed]

The supply side of the labour market is given by the following set of equations: Utility of worker is given by $$U = L^{\frac{1}{2}}C^{\frac{1}{2}}.$$ Real wage $w = 5$, T-Max = 40 hours, Investment ...
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What is the difference between contract theory and mechanism design?

Can someone explain the difference between contract theory and mechanism design?
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Reducing the working hours to 32 hours / week - how much it would affect the prices of commodities?

If the working hours would be reduced from 40 hours / week to 32 hours / week (4 days x 8 hours instead of 5 days x 8 hours), but maintaining the wages at the same levels, then I guess that the price ...
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Why has increased productivity over the last 100 years not affected how much people work?

If we are generally richer and more productive due to better technology and other factors, why do we still work so much? I understand that there are various incentives to work (e.g. implicit status ...
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Equilibrium value of $b$ (market tightness) in a search model

Consider the following one-shot version of a labour market matching model. Let the labour force be normalized at 1, who, because there is only one period, all start out as unemployed. There is a very ...
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Showing that the elasticity of arrival rate for workers wrt $\theta$ is between $0$ and $1$

Let $L=E+U$ where $L$ is labour force, $E$ is number of employed, and $U$ is unemployed people. Let $u = \frac{U}{L}$ and $v = \frac{V}{L}$. Given $m(u,v)$ as a matching function that determines ...
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Static wage posting model and indifference to wage levels

Suppose a monopsonistic firm has the following simple profit function: $$\pi (w) = PL(w) - wL(w) $$ where $L(w)$ is the labor supply, $P$ is the constant output price, and it has a linear production ...
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Matching in Blanchard-Diamond (1994)

Setup Blanchard-Diamond (1994) have a model where each unemployed has a single ball (application) that she tosses into urns (vacancies). With probability $a$ the application lands in the urn - the ...
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Job-finding rate in an urn-ball model with types

Setup Say you have two types of workers, high and low. The share of low-types among the unemployed population is $P$. I want to find the job-finding rate for these types. Matching Matching is ...
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Reference request on “post-scarcity” economics?

Some friends and I have been discussing, speculatively, what might happen in the future after technology/increased automation greatly reduces the need for human labor. The Marxists / leftists among ...
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Negative Interest Rates - Supply-Side Policy

(This is 3rd Part of a series questions under "Negative Interest Rates") Motivation: I've happen to stumble on two articles, with some weeks, that the central bank(CB) of switzerland, due to Russia ...
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Why are real median household incomes stagnant?

This image shows US real median household income. It seems remarkable for its lack of growth over the last 20 years. This has been the subject of much political debate (around the "1%" and "occupy ...
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RDD, wages, and day of birth

What I am doing: I use the regression discontinuity design (henceforth RDD) to study differences in wages received by people born at the end of the year and by those people born at the beginning of ...
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Microeconomics: Question on Market for Factors

I am stuck and confused by a section of what I read in my textbook, could you please help me understand the paragraph? If you only vary one means of production and the market for it is competitive ...
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Is America economy, Connecitcut's economy, and the global in general recovering and better than the year 2008?

Please answer all three if you can. I live in Connecticut, America, and of course global trade and economies matter as we are becoming more global from technology. December 2007 the markets ...
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What changes the structural rate of output/unemployment?

To me the structural rate of unemployment was defined by $$\frac{1}{1+m} = F(u_n,z)$$ where $m$ is the markup and $z$ a catch-all variable. We could equivalenty get this in terms of $Y_n$ by letting $...
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Can the cyclicality of the real wage be used as a measure for the degree of competiveness in the labour market?

When reading the answers to this question of mine, I'm left wondering if cyclicality of real wages can be seen as an indicator for the nature and degree of competition in the labour market. In ...
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Cyclicality of Real Wages? Counter, pro or acyclical?

Is the real wage counter or pro- cyclical? I've read in some textbooks that the real wage is mildly pro-cyclical, but I've also found some papers stating that it's acyclical. So, which is it? Also, ...
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Have automation and technological advance been shown to have a positive impact on society and the economy or a negative one?

My friends and I, 2 of which are computer science majors think it is worse because is humans can't work and thus afford necessities, how will they survive? The definition of automation: the use of ...
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If America's economy collapsed what would happen to all of the citizens? What if the whole global economy collapsed? [closed]

My journalism professor is not an expert in finance or economics but has studied history. She is always giving us a negative lecture on the America's economy and how the rich are taking al of the ...
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Due to rising costs of college tuition, is it likely that the future will have less universities and the remaining only for those of much wealth?

I am very sorry if this is worded wrong. I've looked at the numbers myself and it astounding how much college has gone up in price even for commuters in a few decades. People didn't need these ...
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Can lower working hours beat unemployment?

The common sense reasoning is downright simple: if X hours of works are needed per month, and Y people are available to work, give each person X/Y hours of work each month. I understand that there ...
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What keeps minimum wage rates in balance?

I would posit that the minimum wage is determined more on a political than an economic basis. The fact is that there are more wage earners than business owners and, generally speaking, the wage ...
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Bartik Instrument Intuition

I have a question regarding the Bartik Instrument. I understand that this instrument is a particularly important tool that is used in labor economics. From my understanding, this instrument attempts ...
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Is America getting to a point where there are many more people than jobs or money to go around? Are times better or worse than 50 years ago? [closed]

Is America headed to a point of too many people, not enough work? Is life for an average American better than 50 years ago? I have asked about automation in my first question. Then I've asked a ...
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Do machines reduce labor… or so they redistribute, alter, and globally increase labor?

John Stuart Mill famously remarked that labor-saving machines have not saved one minute of labor. More seriously, Marx argued, roughly, that machines can gain temporary market advantage, but cannot ...
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Tax wedge in labour market

I'm reading a book ( Macroeconomics - Institutions, Instability and the Financial System ) and on page 62, the authors define tax wedge as the "difference between the real consumption wage and the ...
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Adam Smith: If humans are self-interested individuals, why should we reinvest our wealth?

According to Adam Smith, humans are self-interested individuals. If this is true, why does he argue that people should reinvest their wealth? How does this benefit a self-interested individual? Does ...
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How will non-rich citizens make a living if jobs keep getting replaced by robots and are outsourced?

Decades ago a factory job could support a wife and kids until retirement and they offered insurance, benefits, etc. Now, no more unions, those jobs as well as tech and customer service jobs are ...
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General Equilibrium Modelling

I have a question regarding GE modelling. The firm's problem is to: $$ \max\pi=pf(k,l)-wl-rk $$ If this is true, we choose $l$ and $k$ to maximize the difference between costs and revenues. This ...
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Can absence of inflation be accounted for by a reconfigured class structure?

A previous and oft-heard question asked why no inflation results from the Fed pumping money into the economy. Are we simply seeing a methodical wage suppression, thus no official "inflation," while ...
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Consumption-Leisure Elasticity

The macro-literature insists on a consumption-leisure elasticity of 0 to match the balanced growth fact of constant labor supply. Is there any paper that tries to evaluate this elasticity using ...
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Finding an intercept on percentage based data and using dummy variables

How do I find an intercept on a percentage data? My data has percentage of grades ( I have converted to numbers where $A^*=8, A=7,B=6...U=0$) by ethnicity and other indicators which I want to test for ...
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Why is the Supply of Labour More Elastic in a Single Province/State then it is in the Country as a Whole?

Apparently, the federal government has a greater ability than provincial government to increase tax revenues by raising tax rates because the supply of labour is more elastic in a single province than ...
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Is it possible to reconstitute a labor theory of value?

I am not an economist, so highly technical answers may escape me. I know that since Jevons, Marshall, and the "marginal revolution" the classical labor theory of value has been largely abandoned. And ...
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Estimates of the global STEM workforce?

I am looking for any recent estimates of the global STEM workforce (STEM = Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, and ideally includes software engineers). Time series data would be even better, ...
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Total costs as function of labor and quantity [closed]

If I have wage $w = 200$ and rental rate $r = 3050$ on short run, I can assume that $K=1$ and then get the total costs $TC = rK+wL = 3050 + 200L$. Isn't it correct? But what if I also have a cost of ...
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Proving or disproving hypothesis?

I took statistics class years ago in my college and I don't remember much of it now. I am into public policy research now and I am bit confused about about what conclusion to make from available ...
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Why is the percent of Australian businesses that don't have any employees so high?

I'm trying to understand this Australian Bureau of Statistics release: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8165.0 It says: In June 2014, 61% of actively trading businesses in Australia had ...
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What is the cumulative amount of working hours for consumer products?

Is there any research about the cumulative amount of working hours for consumer products like cars or mobile phones? With cumulative amount of working hours I mean the total amount of working hours ...
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How reliable is BLS / JOLTS data on quits?

I'm looking at the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It also allows you to disentangle separations between layoffs and quits. The data comes from surveys, i.e. is self reported. There's ...
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Why consider non-farm payrolls?

Why does the US consider non-farm payrolls when looking at employment levels? What are the reasons for not including farms? Are the workers too transitive, does it not contribute in a certain way to ...
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Difference between embodied and commanded labor in the Labor Theory of Value?

Could the difference between "labor embodied" (production cost in labor value) and "labor commanded" (selling price in labor value) as described in the labor theory of value be attributable to the ...
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Quarterly industry-level productivity growth?

Are there any quarterly data on industry-level productivity growth (i.e., by NAICS code) in the United States? I've looked around for a while but haven't been able to find anything. BLS publishes ...
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Can higher working hours reduce productivity?

Are there studies about the impact on per-hour output (productivity) of increasing the number of hours worked each week by employees? If every employee works 3hrs/week longer (from 41 to 44hrs), does ...