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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Doraszelski and Jaumandreu (2018) Intuition

Doraszelski and Jaumandreu (2018) estimate a CES production function with two forms of productivity shocks (1) labor augmenting and (2) Hicks neutral. They claim that the increase in labor augmenting ...
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Nash Bargain VS. Rubinstein Game with Outside Option

I am reading a paper, Kessier & Lulfesmann 2006, and find that its main result totally depends on that the model setting is based on a Rubinstein game with outside option rather than a Nash ...
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Literature recommendation

Classic economic theory suggests people earn wages according to their productivity. Over time CEO's, directors, managers and the like seem to earn more relative to the 'normal worker'. Lets call this ...
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Event study by Kleven

I was reading the following paper by Henrik Kleven et al. https://www.henrikkleven.com/uploads/3/7/3/1/37310663/kleven-landais-sogaard_nber-w24219_jan2018.pdf The estimate the child penalty on wage ...
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Is the pooling equilibrium profit maximising for the firm?

Is the pooling equilibrium profit maximising for the firm? I understand that when there are no ways for the firm to distinguish among highly productive and low productive worker the best the firm can ...
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What does it mean “non-Walrasian” or “quasi-Walrasian”?

In a recent NBER workshop, Robert Hall started a discussion with his first slide summarizing the macro literature. I am not very familiar with either DMP model or New Keynesian model and have no idea ...
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What impact does the paid vacation leave have on labor productivity?

I'm asking just one question (it's in bold). If you treat any sentence with a question mark as another question and thus violating the policy on "focusedness", please steer clear of the text ...
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Solve the Ben-Porath Model (Optimal Control Problem)

Suppose we have a Ben-Porath style human capital investment model, in which the representative agent maximize her lifetime earnings: $$V(h, a)=\max \int_{a}^{R} e^{-r(t-a)}\left[ w h(t)(1-n(t))-px(t)\...
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Basic question i guess

I'm not in economics, I'm actually studying sociology and I'm doing a subject about labor economics. I'm reading an article that talks about automation and says "The employment impact of ...
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Lab experiments of labour markets

I have been searching for papers that conduct lab experiments simulating a labour market, that means for a minimum there are both participants taking the role of firms, and participants taking the ...
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Other option to compute regions wages in real term in the UK (Urgent!) [duplicate]

Is there any good indicator that can replace region CPI in order to deflate workers income. I have tried to get the data from the ONS in the UK but they only contain the data for England as a whole ...
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Can the theory of the second best mathematically justify labor unions in some scenarios?

An EPI page says: Some economists and policymakers might express unease at the view that the downsides of one deviation from “competitive” markets (either labor market frictions or market ...
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Is egyptology a pyramid scheme: Self-perpetuating university programs

My friend got a degree in egyptology, but can’t get a job, So he’s paying more money to get a Phd, so he can work teaching other people egyptology. In his case college is literally a pyramid scheme. ...
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Do Human Resources use information on applicants' child rearing effort as a signal

In Spence's Job Market Signaling paper (a non-paywalled version is available here) firms observe applicants' educational investment. From these signals the firms glean information on the "type&...
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Lecture notes competitive labor market with minimum wage

Can somebody recommend lecture notes that derive competitive labour market model equilibrium with minimum wages? This has been surprisingly hard to find, because most lecture notes use minimum wages ...
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CES First order Condition with two labour types

I am struggling to derive a first order in this model with Cobb-Douglas production function and CES labour aggregator with two types labour (here male and female, but could be equally low and high ...
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When can one drop time subscripts? Example from Angrist and Kugler (2003)

Not the first time I am asking myself, but in this paper they actually start with a time dependent maximisation problem and then drop all time subscripts. Background: They have profit maximisation ...
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Denominator for the Labor Force Participation By group

I want to check that I am using the correct definition for labor force participation rates by gender or income group. For instance, if we have the following: 1- Working age population of 800 people, ...
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Deriving aggregate output from labor demand and supply

I was reading the following paper: http://eml.berkeley.edu//~moretti/growth.pdf I got stuck at equation (7) The firm's production function is $Y_{i}=A_{i}L_{i}^{\alpha}K_{i}^{\eta}T_{i}^{1-\alpha-\eta}...
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How to compute elasticity of substitution in labor market of blacks and whites using experience-education groups?

I'm reading "Competition in the Promised Land – Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets", by Leah Boustan, and I'm trying to understand her computation of black and white ...
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Sunk costs - Book value and Market value

i try to understand the concept of sunk cost and how we compute sunk costs when there is a difference between book and market value. For example, if the book value of assets is ...
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Fixed cost, sunk costs and variable costs

i need to answer to this question but i'm wonder if i need to use the short-run cost function (C = wL * rK) of not. Can you help me ? This is the statement : A small business owner employs 5 workers. ...
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Brücker et al. (2014) migrant labour supply shock

Brücker et al. (2014) write down a stylized model of wage-setting with a labour supply shock (migration), which I find hard to follow. Maybe somebody worked on it or is interested.. Labour force is ...
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Behavioral responses of tax policy on labour supply ( first time doing Difference in Differences)

I am trying to estimate the causal effects of the The Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) on the labour supply of married women in Canada. The WITB is essentially equivalent to the EITC. I am looking at ...
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Derivation of wage rate from nested CES production function

could anyone please help to explain how equation (4) in this paper is derived? I understand that it's an application of first order conditions using the chain rule from equations (1)-(3), but the ...
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Is there contradiction between automation created resilience and the full employment (with high wages)?

From the one side - full employment with the high wages (but still under the level of creating inflation threat) is nice thing and politicians and central banks are highly motivated to achieve this. ...
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Marginal Cost of Labour Under Monopsony - is the real world like this?

How common is a Perfectly Discriminating Monopsonist in respect to labour rates? Or anything close to it? Standard explanations show a normal supply curve for labour, and the marginal cost of that ...
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Advice on method for analyzing the effects of increase in minimum wage

As a hobbyist and generally curious person with a lot of free time at home, I was curious what would be a good method to analyze the effect of an increase in the minimum wage of a country if you only ...
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What is the term for workers who outputs more than other workers at the same wage thus depressing wage for others? [closed]

What is the specific term for this worker: A worker who outputs more than other workers at the same wage, therefore now the owner doesn't have to pay workers as much since he gets the same total ...
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Probability transition matrix as a function of the variance in Matlab?

I am working on Probability transition Matrix on Matlab. I Have say 5 points (states) of discretized productivity grid. I would like to have two matrix of probability transition subject to the ...
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Labor Supply- how to do comparative statics?

Consider an economy with a competitive industry where the representative firm's production function takes the form of a Cobb Douglas production function $Y=z K^{\theta} L^{1-\theta}$. $z$ is an index ...
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Imputing # of unemployed from Labor Force Survey

I am working on state-level data, where one state has recently stopped publishing the absolute figures for the number of the unemployed. Instead, it currently only releases U and LFP rates. ...
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Walras Law in a production economy with fixed costs

Consider a price taking firm with fixed costs $fc \geq 0$: \begin{align*} \Pi &= \max_{n^D} \left\{ P_c F(n^D) - w\times n^D - fc \right\} \end{align*} A representative household owns this firm:...
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How does demand curve for labor change when there is a proportional payroll tax on employer

In the textbook "Borjas, G.J. Labor economics." (Boston, Mass.; London: Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2009) fifth edition [ISBN 9780070172708]. Below is a screenshot of the example of payroll tax of 1 ...
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What are the economic drivers of urbanisation?

It is regularly argued that urbanisation drives economic growth (e.g. here). I wonder which are the drivers that lead to urbanisation in the first place? I believe the historical case of the ...
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Does education have any value for most people's work?

Let me first say that I am not an economist. However, I was having a discussion with one of my friends who claimed that he had absolutely no gain from his education other than it actually being the ...
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Differentiated or uniform tax

Suppose Person 1 is working in Denmark and has the utility function, $$u(c,l)=c-\frac{\eta}{\eta+1}(24-l)^{\frac{\eta+1}{\eta}}$$ His wage after tax is $w(1-t)$, where tax, t, $0<t<1$. A second ...
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Maximized tax revenue & foreign labor

I'm dealing with a tricky assignment, and I have no idea of where to begin. Person 1 lives in Denmark and has a utility function given by, $$(1) \ \ u(c,l)=c-\frac{\eta}{\eta+1}(24-l)^{\frac{\eta+1}{\...
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EmpirIcal evidence on effects of price floors and ceilings

In introductory microeconomics, when studying partial equilibrium, we are introduced to the idea that a price floor will cause excess supply and a price ceiling will cause excess demand. How strong is ...
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Why do wages not equalize across space?

In standard economic theory wages are simply prices on the labor market determined in equilibrium by the supply and demand of labor. Looking across space within countries it is however standard to ...
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Why can the job offer have a negative relationship between salary and quantity of work?

Excuse me the following question arose, is it possible that the job offer has a negative relationship between salary and the amount of work?
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The current economic understanding of the effect of labour unions on employment and wages

What are the currently largely accepted views on the effect of labour unions on employment and wages? Where can I read more about the currently established theoretical models that model labour unions?
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Labor market model with subsidies homework

I would appreciate some help with my homework in comparative statics. L is the demand of labor F(L) is the production function $ \frac{\partial F}{\partial L} > 0 > \frac{\partial^2 F}{\partial ...
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Are there any measures of U-6 Unemployment that take into account ageing out of the work force explicitly?

Labor Force Participation has been steadily decreasing over the last 20 years or so. The Fed says that this has been the case mostly due to the demographic shifts, and to an extent the data backs that ...
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Applying modern economics to Edgeworth's Hedonical Calculus

Preface The late 1800s was a genesis for many economic theories. As math spilled over into the social sciences, one of the more obscure applications of measurement was: Hedonical Calculus, developed ...
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Do barriers to entry increase the (collective) market power of incumbent suppliers?

For example in the case of the labour market lower immigration means that low-skilled labour can ask higher wages or better conditions (other things equal). Low skilled labour may have even put the ...
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Is this weighted least squares or just weighting the dependent variable

I am a little confused as to what the following line means. Do the authors mean they run a weighted least squares using the sample size as weights, or just weight the dependent variable using the ...
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Economic impact of employer ignorance to cliff effects?

Let's say an employee, Mike in Indiana, earns \$10.50 an hour. He gets a raise to \$13, but because he is no longer eligible for SNAP (food stamps), his net earnings actually go down. His wage has ...
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Does labor negatively affect output (from empirical perspective)?

I am estimating Cobb-Douglas production function for US using time series framework: $$Y_t=A_t \times L_t^\alpha K_t^\beta $$ where $Y$ is output, $A$ is $TFP$, $L$ is labor and $K$ is capital. After ...
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Could price floors improve worker safety in the meat cutting industry?

Could price floors improve worker safety in the meat cutting industry? My question is inspired by the Future Perfect podcast https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/21502225/chicken-meatpacking-plant-...

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