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 can a country develop the skills of its population and have them stay?

Suppose, I am a leader of a country, and a lot of my citizens go to the Gulf states (see 3.1, Page-09) to work as unskilled laborers. I see my population working abroad as laborers as a prestige ...
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Does migration exacerbate (albeit delay) the problem of aging, economically-inactive populations in Western societies?

As a layman, I've always understood that there is a general consensus amongst economists that "immigration is economically beneficial" to rich Western countries (like Britain) who have aging ...
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Piketty's explanation of elasticity of substitution (from his book Capital in the 21st century)

I have some trouble following the explanation of the elasticity of substitution between capital and labor and its implications on p189. Take this part: The relevant question is whether the elasticity ...
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Economics perspective of connected workers

According to the Deloitte report published here, a connected worker is defined as someone whose working life is changing due to digital and other technologies. This is due to advancement of ...
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How can I obtain monthly unemployment by ethnicity by state for the US (1986-present)?

This is what I have found so far: -Yearly data by state on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). [https://www.bls.gov/lau/ex14tables.htm]. Surely yearly estimates must be based on monthly estimates. ...
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Difference between Value-Added TFP and Gross-Output TFP?

I am working with EU-KLEMS data, and I am using TFP growth as a proxy for technological change. However, there are 2 variables for TFP - TFP based on Gross Output and TFP based on Value Added. I ...
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Dataset on university enrollment?

I'm looking for a dataset with stats on tertiary education enrollment in the US, per state, at least a couple decades back. I've searched but cannot seem to find anything. Could someone help me out?
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More than one Bellman Equation

I'm attending to my first dynamic optimization course, and what I don't fully graps yet is that sometimes we have to use more than one bellman equation. How do you realize that? I mean how do you know ...
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regression method for data that contain a number of observation for several years

I have a data set about 125 companies. For each company I have the salary and some other variables about the top 5 managers in each company. One observation contains the top 5 managers in each one of ...
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Convenient S-shaped production function (i.e. with IRS and DRS) to derive a discontinuous demand for labor

Let say that a firm produces a commodity using only one input (i.e. Labor if we suppose to be in the very short run). Then we have a general production function of the following form $y=f(L)$, for $L≥...
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extensive vs intensive labor in US in recent decades

Total Hours worked is a mix of extensive (to work or not, the usual standard working week) and intensive (how many hours to work). I'm interested in how this balance of extensive and intensive ...
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Neutral technical progress

Recently I learnt that Cobb-Douglas production function has elasticity of substitution equal to 1, therefore it has neutral technical progress. Then Leontief production function has zero elasticity of ...
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Average ability conditioning on having accepted an offer

There is a continuum of workers between 0 and 1. These have ability $\alpha\sim U[0,2]$. A firm offers them a salary $v$ and has profits $$ \pi = (\rho \alpha-v) n(v) $$ where $n(v)$ is the fraction ...
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Price Changes in Factor and Product Markets

I think something is wrong in my reasoning, and I can't really find out what it is Lets say the supply of labor decreases in a market. That would mean that the wage rate would increase in that market....
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Are there any estimates for what percentage of the jobs lost this spring are “permanent” at least for the rest of the year?

In a "view from the helicopter" video by The Economist on the aftereffects of Covid-19, one of the editors says that it's very unlikely we'll see a return to normal this year e.g. in the restaurant ...
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In GDP growth studies, are factors of production measured as stock or flows?

Consider the following cases: One machine (capital) is used by multiple producers within one year. For instance, farmers renting tractors from the same company. In this case, in terms of GDP, there ...
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Why labor-augmenting technological progress increases employment and wages?

My textbook says that advances in technology typically raise the marginal product of labor and shift the labor demand curve to the right and calls it labor-augmenting technological advances. The book ...
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Empirical Bayes Estimation

I would be greatful if You can give some advise regarding the following problems: As I reviewed some empirical papers, I learnt that most of them using relatively small number of observations for ...
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Under what BLS line do “people who want a job but haven’t searched in the last 12 months” show up?

I'm trying to understand how this CNN math was derived: This category — jobless people who “want a job now” but “did not search for work in the previous year” — has hovered around 3 million workers ...
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Why is the percentage of Australian businesses that don't have any employees so high?

I'm trying to understand this Australian Bureau of Statistics release, which says: In June 2014, 61% of actively trading businesses in Australia had no employees, 27% had 1-4, 10% had 5-19, 2% ...
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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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What has caused the recent 25% unemployment rate in Spain?

The unemployment rate in Spain has recently been fluctuating around 25%. What has caused this?
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Does the income from a product or art count as passive income?

When a writer publishes his book, can we classify the income from the book as passive? Or another example, when a musician publishes his album, does the album generates passive income, making any form ...
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Understanding distortions in investment in human capital

I am currently reading Economics of The Colour Bar by WH Hutt, and I'm having trouble understanding this bit he has written: “But when the price of any commodity is raised above the free market level, ...
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Could a “Japanese-style strike” work as it's supposed to? Under what conditions?

This is an urban legend, mostly believed in Spain and some countries in South America. The legend is based on the premise that their way to make a strike would be to work much more than usual in some ...
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Unions, right to work laws [closed]

Can anyone explain what right to work laws are? along with any thoughts about unions. Do they actually benefit the worker and overall market? Thank you.
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Implications for Labour after a Productivity Shock, RBC Model

I am trying to understand the implication for labour after a one time productivity shock where $A_t$ follows a AR (1) process with persistence $\rho_A=0.95$. It is stated the following : labour ...
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Constant Elasticity of Substitution (non-special cases)

I am trying to better understand the CES function: $$Y_{t}=C\left[\pi\left(A_{t}^{K} K_{t}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}+(1-\pi)\left(A_{t}^{L} L_{t}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}\right]^{\frac{...
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When do we have diminishing marginal returns to labor?

When we have a production function exhibiting constant returns to scale, with only labor and technology, why don't we have any diminishing marginal returns to labor?
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How to test if the effect of one regressor entirely comes from other regressors?

I have a regression model that includes IQ test scores as the dependent variable; my own education, my father's education and my mother's education as independent variables. Suppose I want to know ...
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Reason for SMEs in the European Union employing the bulk of people?

Is there any specific reason why SMEs in the European Union employ the vast majority of people in general as well as in certain industries? Are they exempt from certain regulatory burdens such as ...
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Labour markets and supply-side policies: too much stress put on the WS push factors?

In reading several macro textbooks, it seems that most of the supply-side policies tend to be focused on the labour supply side (wage setting curve), instead on the firm/labour demand side(price ...
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Why is the velocity of money in an economy affected by the frequency in which the worker is paid (like weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.)?

I don't have any economics background, and was going though a course on Macroeconomics. I was solving the practice question here: https://mru.org/practice-questions/causes-inflation-practice-questions?...
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How does Austrian Economics define Labour Productivity?

Is there a specific Austrian definition in accordance to the concept of Labour Productivity? If Labour Productivity is too broad of a term, then I will qualify to be speaking about it in context of ...
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Does a trade union of YouTubers exist? [closed]

Would YouTubers see a sense in having a trade union? For example, to establish policies how much the value of their contribution is. The controversy here is, professional YouTubers make a bet for ...
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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 ...
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Taxes on Family leave pay

I don't know if this is the correct forum for this question, but do we have to pay taxes on checks from the government that were paid from taxes in the first place. For example, like Social security ...
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If the payroll tax were eliminated on incomes below $30000 what would happen?

If you canceled all payroll taxes below $30000 / $60000 single / married what would happen? I know that this could increase firm profits, or increase wages, or the number of jobs, or decrease prices ...
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According to human capital theory, in which country will citizens be more likely to go to college?

Assume that in country A college tuition is 10,000 per year, citizens save 5% of their income for retirement, and there is a mandatory retirement age of 60 years old. In country B, the tuition for ...
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What does Piketty mean by the C90/C10 ratio?

I am currently readings Piketty's "The Economics of Inequality", where he states in chapter 3: The P90/P10 wage ratio in the United States in the 1990s is 4.5, whereas it is “only” 3.2 in France (...
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Why does the real wage = W/P?

Im reading about labour markets, and the notes mention that the real wage 'w' = W/P, where W = the nominal wage, and P = the price level. Could someone please use some 'W' and 'P' as an example to ...
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How does capital accumulation raise the demand for labor

in "Artificial intelligence, Automation and Work" by Acemoglu and Restrepo, the authors write: Capital accumulation: As our framework in the next section clarifies, automation corresponds to an ...
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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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Using small area estimation to help measure wage estimates for cohorts (labor quality measure)

I am looking for research or information on uses of small area estimation for economic data. Are there any good resources that are available?
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What are the effects of abolishing the minimum wage?

There's this one guy out there, Peter Schiff, and he aired on Joe Rogan a while back. One part of the podcast really caught my attention, and it was when Schiff said that the minimum wage should be ...
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Why would overemployment mean that labor is used inefficiently?

If labor is being used efficiently, there is no excess unemployment or over employment. This phrase from Khan Academy struck me as quite strange. Why on Earth would over employment mean that labor ...
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Job search theory in discrete time

Let us assume that there is a labor who lives in discrete time universe and discounts future payoffs with the discount factor $b\in (0,1)$. And we assume that this labor is at period $t=0$ at first. ...
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Is there no equivalent exchange? [closed]

There is no equivalent exchange. I think it doesn't exist. The so-called equivalent exchange is imaginary. In exchange, one side always makes money while the other side loses money. For example, if ...
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Can you take the moving average of quarterly data of an explanatory variable in a regression to smoothen noise and get more accurate coefficients?

I'm trying to use acceleration of quarterly data on household debt (the difference in the difference in debt) in a regression on unemployment (only concerned with correlation) but quarterly data is ...
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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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