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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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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Breadwinners by class

I have a hypothesis that single-income families greatly increase as you get into the mid to upper middle class bracket. And that 2+ income sources are common in lower classes and also the extremely ...
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What is the economic interpretation of the solution of this optimal control problem?

I have the following optimal control problem $$\max_{c_t} \int^{\infty}_0 e^{-p_it}\ln(c_t(i))dt$$ subject to $$\dot{w_t}(i)=rw_t(i) -n_ic_t(i)$$ $$w_0(i)=w_0>0$$ I have some wealthy and ...
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The relationship between profit and wages

It seems obvious that an individual company increases their profits when they reduce wages or increase automation or some such. But if wages fell universally because of this, wouldn't that decrease ...
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Value flow in economy - redefinition credit and money?

There are voices that there are already too much debt in the world (government, personal, government debt) and that can be the cause of the crisis. From the other hand the the only solution offered by ...
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How are you supposed to calculate overhead expenses?

I'm doing a college assignment (creating a software product) in Computer Science and have been given a template for the part of the report about economics. At one moment it states the following: <...
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Question on Human Capital Accumulation Model by Acemoglu/Autor

I was reading the lecture notes by Acemoglu and Autor on Labour Economics. https://economics.mit.edu/files/4689 I was able to understand equations 1.1 to 1.8 of the notes; however, I am unable to ...
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Would households rather live in a world with or without the unemployment insurance?

Would households rather live in a world with or without the unemployment insurance? What is a good example of world in which unemployment insurance is seen as a benefit, and not a hindrance?
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Overlapping Generations Model Pension System Question

Part 1 Pension System OLG Model with pension system: Each individual lives up to two periods. The surviving probability at period 2 is p. At period 1, the young household consumes c1, saves s1, and ...
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Does recycling lead to fewer jobs?

Say I buy a glass bottle, I can either put it in the landfill or recycle it. My understanding is, glass will breakdown into sand. (Not sure how well though, since we sometimes find glass from Roman ...
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income effect and substitution effect

Question:Assume no non-labor income, Alice's labor supply function is $h(w) =\frac{w}{16}$. Her preferences are given by $u(c, l) =\sqrt{c}+3l$. When the wage rate increases, Alice's labor supply ...
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Okun coefficient interpretation

I'm wondering how to interpret Okun’s coefficient. Say you have $y^c = -1*u^c$. This means that a 1% increase in the cyclical unemployment gap will produce a 1% decrease in the cyclical output gap. ...
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Why are there no minimum wage entry level IT jobs

In the UK, I have not seen any graduate level IT jobs offering a starting salary below £20,000. At the same time, about 10% of computer science graduates are unemployed six months after graduation. ...
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Are there any net benefits in reducing/increasing tourist-oriented retail business?

Hong Kong is currently experiencing a slump in foreign tourist-oriented retail sales. Shops selling jewellery, watches, infant formula or Chinese medicine experienced a 25-35% decline YoY in August. ...
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Has contest theory ever been used to design real-world contests?

Contest theory, very much like auction theory, studies how people act in a contest and the properties of such a competition. There is a large literature that investigates different aspects of the ...
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How do I adjust for heterogeneous labor markets when calculating the wage premium?

I have a dataset with mean and median wages for particular geographic areas around the United States. I am interested in calculating the wage premium between some areas. I can already do a simple ...
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Sign of income effect is ambiguous

When discussing the standard neoclassical model of labor supply, I have seen it is assumed that the sign of the income effect is ambiguous. Could anyone please explain this assumption, and more ...
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Why does trade depress relative wages?

I've read that increased trade tends to decrease relative wages of labor. What is the intuition behind this? Lower wages in labor imply lower demand for workers, but doesn't trade just encourage ...
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What impact would falling oil prices have on the natural rate of unemployment?

My intuition is that as the price level falls, cost of inputs is falling for suppliers and their output increases. More people are then employed to increase production - correct?
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Is it just as profitable for a brokerage to service investments in 401k plans as opposed IRAs?

Why would a brokerage charge fees to the employer, if they could just charge fees to the individual, like they would do otherwise? If an employer wouldn't want to spend any extra money on 401k plans, ...
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what is the methods to check the impact of regulation on gender pay gap

i have a data for for the top 5 manager of 100 companies from 2010-2018 and i want to check the impact of a regulation that limits the max salary of managers in the financial sector on the gender pay ...
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One Treated Unit That Becomes Untreated

Suppose I have a set of units $n_i, i = 1,...,N$. One unit was receiving a treatment $n_j = 1$ at times $t=1$ to $t=\tau$. All other units never received the treatment so $\forall t, n_i=0,i\neq j$. ...
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Name of phenomenon where migrant workers receive decent wage but absolutely no chance of getting any government benefits

Not sure if the title reflects the question very accurately but my question is specific to the Gulf countries which have a huge population of migrant workers, like Saudi and UAE. So, let's say Raj is ...
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What is the trade-off between? Consumption and Leisure or Income and Leisure?

When first presenting the utility function and its arguments, textbooks typically start by stating that utility is a function of consumption and leisure. See for example https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/...
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Change in the marginal utility of leisure with respect to a change in consumption

I am reading a paper that derives a theoretical retirement model. There is a utility function and a budget constraint forming an optimal control problem. The solution to this problem states that \...
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Cobb-Douglas production function, given $w$ get $r$ regardless of input levels. Why?

There is a market economy with technology given by: $$Y = K^\alpha L^{1-\alpha} \tag{1}$$ Firms behave competitively and input prices are: $$r = \alpha K^{\alpha-1}L^{1-\alpha} = \alpha(\frac{L}{K})...
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How is matching theory used in context of Marriage market difference in terms of which is used in context of labour and housing market?

I am looking for an overview as most of the introduction to matching talks about the work done in the Marriage market, Job Matching which is axiomatic. Then while looking at Labour and housing market ...
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Has there been an applications of search and matching theory in the Neoclassical Growth Model?

Specifically, I am looking for the standard neoclassical growth model, but the labour decision is based on either search or matching theory instead of a Walrasian labour mechanism.
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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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Is it better for low-income people to live in the countryside where it's cheap or in the city where there are more services?

Supposing someone is struggling to pay the rent in an urban area, and they don't have anything tying them down to any one place, would it make sense to move to a rural area where the rent is much ...
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Are expensive cities economically threatened by an inability to house low-income workers?

Cities like New York, San Francisco, and others enjoy booming local economies that support high-paying jobs in industries like finance and technology. This and other factors have driven the price ...
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Immigration supply shocks, fixed effects and model interpretation

I'm new to this and I've been racking my brains for a couple days trying to understand this model and how to run it in Stata. More than programming help, I think I just don't understand the model well ...
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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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Asymmetric Nash Bargaining

The Nash bargaining solution selects the unique solution to the maximization problem $\max_{s_1, s_2 } (s_1 - d_1) (s_2 - d_2)$ such that the solution satisfy the following axioms : Invariance ...
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Endogenous Gentrification and Rates of Return to Education

Gentrification is, roughly speaking, the displacement or exclusion of poor people from areas with improved amenities due to higher rents and costs of living. The question I have is whether better ...
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How exactly does removing labor​ market rigidities reduce structural unemployment and increase potential output in an economy?

Here I want to focus primarily on the potential benefits of labor market reforms such as a reduction in job security and trade union power and not their controversies. I wish to learn a few thoroughly ...
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Maximization problem FOC and Euler equation

Can someone please help me with the Lagragian and the derivation of the following objective function ? Beneath I provide the objective function, the constraint and the Euler equation that results from ...
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Search and matching model: effect of hiring cost on wage curve

What effect does the hiring cost have on the wage bargaining outcome (wage curve)? In Cahuc, Carcillo, and Zylberberg: Labor Economics, they derive the following wage curve: $$w = z + (y-z) \frac{\...
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Looking for help with Solow Model Question [closed]

The question is this: Suppose there is a production function of $Q=F(K, L)=\sqrt{K}\sqrt{L}$. Suppose that MPC=0.8 and the labor force is growing at a rate of 0.05 per year. Also labor force ...
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How to account income from the informal sector?

Some context here. I'm from India and over here around 80% of the public work in the informal unaccounted sector. Yesterday, the main opposition party said that if they're elected, they'd compensate ...
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When and why women left the labour market?

It is well documented that women in now developed countries entered the labour market all thoughout the 20th century. As such, female labour participation have consistently increased. For example, ...
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Have any economics papers used unified cure models?

Does anyone know if there are unified cure models (aka split population models) in time-until-employment studies that combine the mixture cure approach with the promotion time approach as described in ...
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DMP Search Model - Terminology

In the most basic Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides (DMP) model we have the variable $V$ which represents the present discounted value of expected profits from a vacant job. The corresponding Bellman ...

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