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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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CPS CEPR: ORG and Monthly

How does the CPS CEPR store employment information for the non-ORG months? I am trying to reproduce Mueller (2012). He says The CPS is the main labor force survey for the U.S., representative of ...
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Are there any studies that show that “Affirmative Action” hurts the economy?

Are there any studies that show that "Affirmative Action" (an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education) hurts the ...
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How are working hours statistics computed?

In a recent conversation, I was suggested that national working hours aggregates, as provided by bureaus of statistics, are based on surveys on time use. Is that true? Can macro labor data, which is ...
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Why does adding a quadratic term to a regression change unrelated coefficients?

I'm in STATA and using 2010 data from Ipums. I'm trying to measure the wage differential between single men, married men, single women, and married women. I ran my first regression and got the ...
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What term/theory describes more efficient utilization of a resource?

I may be asking the wrong question here, but I wonder if there is a term/theory that describes/studies the evolution of an economy that continually improves the utilization and allocation of certain ...
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Empirical Data on Demand for Minimum-Wage Jobs in the USA

The idea of a minimum wage and its effects in terms of supply and demand are well-known in mainstream economic theory. I'm constructing an argument regarding the minimum wage, and what I'm curious ...
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Why did creating the Eurozone cause the cost of labor to rise in Greece?

As I understand the implementation of the Euro as a common currency caused labor prices to spike in certain countries, Greece being one of them. Why did this happen? Why did it affect certain ...
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Amplification Effects: Negative Denominator

Let $0 < \rho < 1$ be the discount rate, $V$ some option value, and $F$ some fundamental. $$ \rho V = \beta V + F$$ You have access to some option value $V$ that will always deliver you some ...
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Effect of minimum wage on higher levels of pay

Suppose the minimum wage increases to \$$x$. Is there any evidence on the effect (if any) this is likely to have upon the wage profile of workers higher in the hierarchy, who are already paid more ...
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Geographic mobility of workers within Germany, as compared to within the US?

Martin Feldstein (1997, p. 36) claims that workers within the US are more geographically mobile than say within Germany. I had known that US workers were mobile. But one sentence of his seems a bit ...
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Test: Part-time Workers Effect on Unemployment Rate

I want to test the causality of part-time workers on unemployment rate. Should i use part-time workers as a share of total employment or total labour force? If I run a regression of part-time workers ...
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RBC model and indivisible labour

First of all, I would like to apologise for the fact that I will include a link in my question rather than a direct question, however, I have no idea how to do it in a different way. I have been ...
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Hot Topics in Labor-Macro

I'm interested in currently hot research topics within Labor Macro. I'm only aware of the debate on the recent shift in the US Beveridge curve, and, of course, the olden but golden Shimer puzzle. ...
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Generalized KPR: Frisch Elasticity

Consider the following version of KPR preferences (with $l$ being leisure): $$ U(c,l) = \left(\left(c\right)^\gamma l^\omega\right)^{1-\sigma}$$ I'm after the Frisch elasticity: $$ \frac{\partial(1-...
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King-Plosser-Rebello Preferences: Scale leisure

KPR preferences are given by $$ U(c, l) = \frac{\left(cv(l)\right)^{1-\sigma}-1}{1-\sigma}$$ with concave increasing $v$ and $c$, $l$ denoting consumption and leisure. In the limiting case of $\...
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Has Stack Overflow been economically beneficial to programmer productivity?

Has Stack Overflow an overall positive impact on programmers productivity? On one side, it takes time and effort to ask and answer questions -- thus decreasing productivity. On the other side, ...
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Why life expectance is growing faster than retirement age? - source needed

Need sources of information about "Why is life expectancy growing faster than retirement age?" Is there any literature about "why the increased quality of life and medicine in rich countries doesn’t ...
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Labour Productivity Growth and Reallocation of Labour

Using a shift-share methodology, labour productivity growth can be arise from productvity growth within a sector (within effect) or reallocation of labour to sectors with higher productivity (...
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Instrumental variables for minimum wage

I was wondering if there is a classic instrument for minimum wage as there is for schooling or other variables. If so, how does it fares with respect to most established designs like spatial ...
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Does working abroad cause less unemployment however small?

The context of this question arises from people in third world countries going abroad to work. Often they are seen as money-hungry people who don't love their country (unless they are, say, physicists ...
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Reject worker after match

In the DMP family of labor models, we typically have $V$ denoting a vacancy and $J$ denoting the value of a job. $V$ typically becomes 0 through free entry. Say a firm get matched with a worker of ...
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DMP: Two Labor Markets

Consider the following extension of the standard DMP model, in which we have two labor markets with different returns, indexed $i$. The markets are completely separated and firms and workers can only ...
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Reasons for the recent rise in long-term unemployment

Kroft et al document the raise of long-term unemployed in the US during the recent crises. This is an impressive figure from their paper: They show that the raise does not come from compositional ...
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Data: Vacancies in the US before 2005

Shimer (2005) says These [separation shocks] introduce an almost perfectly positive correlation between unemployment and vacancies, an event that essentially never been observed in the United ...
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Separation shock and business cycles

In the context of the Diamonds-Mortensen-Pissarides models, there was a reasoning why a separation shock cannot fit business cycles. I think it was brought forward by Shimer, but I could be wrong. ...
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Consumption of the unemployed

I am wondering how the consumption of the unemployed varies over the business cycle. We know that wages of people getting fired in busts are higher than wages of people in booms (Mueller 2012), so ...
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Unemployment: Human Capital Deterioration

I am looking for Macro-Labor models that include deterioration of human capital. The mechanism is simple: The longer you were unemployed, the more human capital you are losing. However, this is ...
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Why is collective bargaining by a group of employees not the same thing as price-fixing?

Employees sell their labor for wages. If a critical mass of employees get together and demand higher wages, how is this not the same thing as a critical mass of merchants illegally fixing the price of ...
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Wage regressions: Nominal versus real wage

I'm wondering do I need to convert nominal wages to real wages when running wage equations using panel data sets? My dependent variable is log of wage and I'm looking at returns to education across ...
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Is Firing Costly in the US?

I suppose that it doesn't cost most firms much to get rid of cheap labor, and that high wage workers typically have contracts that imply high compensations in case of firing. But what about the ...
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Impact of government subsidy on labour supply

If the government pays a certain amount $b>0$ to every person who is not working, what is the impact of this subsidy on labour supply? How does it alter the reservation wage? Is your answer ...
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Should minimum wage be regulated for developing countries

I live in a developing country, where unemployment is at roughly 25%. There is a large divergence in population whereby skilled workers are typically active within in the manufacturing, finance, ...
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What would happen if the entire world switched to the 4-day work week? [closed]

What would happen if the entire world switched to the 4-day work week? Specifically would someone's quality of life drop significantly in a developed or a non-developed country?
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What is the difference between intensive margin and extensive margin in labor economics?

What is the difference between intensive margin and extensive margin in labor economics, or general RBC model, where we talk about labor-hours supplied changing with extensive margin or intensive ...
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Has the natural rate of unemployment decreased with modern travel and the Internet?

The natural rate of unemployment is a combination of structural unemployment and frictional unemployment. Structural unemployment is caused by a surplus of labor at a given wage in a given area. ...
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Does Craigslist Reduce Unemployment?

If a substantial (though admittedly I have no idea how large) part of the natural rate of unemployment is caused by the job search, do more efficient means of communication create more efficient labor ...
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Guvenen et al: Earnings

Guvenen et al look at earnings shocks over time, and try to argue whether these are compatible with standard career-ladder models with normal shocks. However, their data is no real shocks, it is time ...
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Extensive Labor Margin and Full Insurance

Extensive margin models use Rogerson (1988) style lotteries in order to simplify the savings problem under non-full-insurance. However, one could still write down the model in that style but instead ...
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Graduate Level Textbook on Labor Economics and Macro-Labor

What would be good textbooks at the graduate level that deal with Labor Economics and Labor-Macro (As in, Equilibrium Unemployment Theory, Shimer Puzzle etc)?
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Distribution of Wages

Is there any paper that looks at the distribution of wages? I'd like to see how many workers are in each percentile of labor income. I know that you could compute it using CPS or US tax data, but I ...
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Stimulus Effect of the Minimum Wage

In the question about the minimum wage found here, I have heard several times that an increase in the minimum wage can, as one of several competing effects, "boost the economy" by increasing the ...
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Employment Volatility and the Relevance of Aggregate Wage Rigidity

The Mortensen-Pissarides (MP) framework of search labor is the thing in analyzing (equilibrium) unemployment over the business cycle. Shimer showed that the lack of hires is the big margin that ...
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Under what conditions is a monopoly undesirable?

First of all, I realize that "undesirable" is an ambiguous term. So, to clarify, when is a monopoly undesirable under the following metrics? Pareto efficiency Reduces consumer surplus Social Welfare (...
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Whatever happened to efficiency wage theories?

Older macroeconomics texts give much space to efficiency wage explanations of how unemployment could coexist with wages in equilibrium higher than the reservation wage of workers. However, there ...
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Unemployment and the Frisch-Elasticity

There is the long debate on the Frisch-Elasticity being the driver of unemployment over the business cycle. One argument against the voluntary-unemployment mechanism of RBC models is that if we ...
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How do Marxist economists solve the Diamond-Water Paradox?

For class surveying different economic systems, I read a book on Marxism and its core beliefs. As I read, I came to learn that the Marxist view of economics depends heavily on the Labor Theory of ...
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Unemployment and the Minimum Wage---what are the main counter-arguments to Card and Krueger?

Card and Krueger's paper (AER 1994, "Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania") uses a difference-in-difference identification strategy to ...