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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"Normal" vs "actual" variables in empirical work

In an early OECD study by Deppler and Ripley (1978), the authors distinguish between output per man hour, $OMH$, and what they call "Normal" output per man-hour, $NOMH$. (table 2, p152) At no point ...
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Effects of Robotics on the overall marginal propensity to consume

Basically we know that poor and middle class workers have a high marginal propensity to consume as compared to rich people. Assuming that all of their jobs will be done by robots, and only a few ...
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Theoretical/Empirical Arguments for Migrant Workers in the US

Consider the events that are developing in the US with regards to labor-intensive manual work and migrant workers. If more and more migrant workers are banished from the work pool, it remains a highly ...
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Effects on transit system shutdown based on local workforce end-of-day times?

I'm curious if there are any studies based on logistics and economics of shutting down the bus/transit system before the general population's working class can go home. For example, the small town I ...
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Exam question implies that a perfect labour market can have wage differentials?

My understanding is that wage differentials should not exist in a perfect labour market for occupations, but the following exam question seems to imply that this can be the case. A brief marking ...
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Literature request: Any articles on the signalling theory / game theory / asymmetric information of the firms' recruiting process?

I'd like to read more about the recruiting process of firms. Signalling theory and game theory can be a useful tool to better understand this phenomena. For example: Applicants, who ask for higher ...
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Understanding the effects of government deficit on international trade

Understand that I'm a total novice with regard to economics. Also, while I ultimately have an axe to grind (doesn't everyone?) I'm not trying to do that honing here, I'm simply looking for a sanity ...
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In a context of globalisation and high wage inequality, why should governments help unskilled workers?

With globalisation, wage inequality continues to be a strong issue for many developed nations. What I seek to find out here is, why should we even do anything to help the unskilled workers? From ...
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How can I model immigration and xenophobia economically using these equations?

I'm trying to put together a toy model for immigration ($I$), labor prices ($w$), and a measure of xenophobic/nationalistic sentiment ($A$). What I've come up with so far is the following: $$\frac{dI}...
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Are American poverty rates increasing? What about global poverty rates

http://www.npc.umich.edu/poverty/ https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/historical-poverty-people.html I have heard numerous times that the future has gotten better. ...
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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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Question about skill-biased technical change, Acemoglu

I am writing about skill-biased technical change, and in particular the 2001 Acemoglu (http://economics.mit.edu/files/283) paper on the topic, in which there is a part I am very stuck on. In the ...
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Do wages differ in two perfectly competitive labour markets?

I understand that within a single labour market, the wages would be the same between two workers as firms and workers are both wage takers, but what about when there is more than one perfectly ...
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Is the labor force participation rate related more to labour supply or to labour demand? Or both?

I have read several Labor Economics books, but I am stuck. Is the labor force participation rate related more to the labour supply or to the labour demand? If the labor force participation rate ...
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Labor market supply optimization [closed]

How do I optimise this type of problem? I have read something about applying the chain rule to find the first order condition but can't imagine how to express it or solve it. Can somebody give me a ...
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Welfare analysis for a military draft

How would the welfare analysis of a military draft look? My intuition tells me that it would look similar to a price ceiling below the equilibrium, with the exception that suppliers (civilians) are ...
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Effect of changing Non Labor Income on Consumption-Leisure problem

Given a Utility function $U(c,l) = c - \frac{1}{2}l^2$ , where $c$ is the consumption and $l$ is the number of hours of labour. Let $L$ be the maximum amount of labor, so the amount of leisure is $L - ...
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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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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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Local and Central Wage Bargaining: What Is the Difference?

Consider the following setting: Profit maximizing firms with production functions $\Pi(w,L)$, where $w$ is the wage and $L$ is employment. Unions who want to maximize the expected utility of their ...
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Why don't prices of USA labor and Mexican labor equalise?

That Mexicans workers get paid less US workers is a dynamic which motivates the moving of production to Mexico. This idea can be abstracted to Developed Markets (DM) labor and Emerging Markets (EM) ...
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Revenue maximization same as increase contribution margins?

Under which condition, will it be the same whether you choose to use revenue maximization or to increase contribution margins? In what industry is this possible? In my thought process, I was ...
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What is the maximal theoretically possible wage increase here and now (ceteris paribus)? [closed]

Labour unions are pushing for wage increase but what is maximal theoretically possible wage increase here and now - without restructuring production, processes and without introduction of new ...
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Minimum Wage effects on Adjacent Cities

When a city like Seattle raises the minimum wage to 15/hr, how does it affect the labor market in adjacent cities? Are there examples, studies or accepted practices to address: Difficulty staffing ...
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Directed search with privately informed buyers and capacities

My question seems to be a basic one and there should be a rather well-known reference in the (IO or labor) search literature. I will upvote (and comment on) any relevant answer and I will accept an ...
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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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Why does the Federal Reserve seem to hold so much weight on the unemployment rate, relative to labor participation?

The title is the question. In the press conference held yesterday, the Chair referenced "unemployment" 18 times, relative to "participation" 3 times. If the labor participation is at the lowest ...
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Testing Roberts's Law: data request on CEO pay and company characteristics

I posted here regarding sources for Roberts's Law. In this paper it gives a clear qualification of what Roberts's law is. (Page 9, ...Cross-sectional prediction..) ..In a given year, the ...
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Restrictions on goods and capital, but freedom of labour movement

I recently had a discussion with a left-wing friend in the UK about about Brexit, and the possible repercussions of restriction of labour when the UK leaves Europe. He argued that as someone who is ...
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Why are vacancy rate and unemployment rate negatively correlated?

Why is this the case? Since Vacancy rate is defined as following, let $A,Q,U$ denote number of vacancies in the economy, labor force, unemployed respectively. $$\frac{A}{A+Q-U}$$ Here we can see ...
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References for estimating lifetime earnings lost due to caregiving (health economics)

I am working on a project on the productivity costs for caregivers of people with Disease X, a degenerative disease that affects mobility over time. I am looking for references, either scholarly ...
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How to explain these two discrepancies between BLS OES wage data and salaries of pro athletes?

I refer to the Occupational Employment Statistics published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 edition. Under occupation title "Athletes and Sports Competitors" (27-2021), we have the ...
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Why is three weeks of increasing jobless claims significant?

I see stories like this one on occasion in my news feed. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-27/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decline-for-first-time-in-three-weeks Mainstream news outlets never ...
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What are the causes of increase in productivity of labour?

This question has a specific context. While reading Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, edited, with notes and marginal summary by Edwin Cannan in 1904, one comes across the following lines on the ...
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Sample weights in Stata: fweight vs. pweight

I'm working with IPUMS ACS and Census data in Stata. I'm interested in learning about income distributions and variability for specific subpopulations defined by education level, occupation, race and ...
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Can the Goodwin Model of cyclical labor growth be applied in a micro context to specific industries?

I have been doing a bit of research into the Goodwin Model (1967), which generates cycles of economic activity. I understand that this is mostly used in macroeconomics. However, I am curious if this ...
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How can median wages be significantly different in two neighboring countries with open borders?

As an example, take Germany and Czech Republic. Both are members of the EU and therefore trade barriers between the two countries are minimal. However the median salary in Germany is nearly 3 times as ...
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Formal terminology for positive and negative correlation between ability of workers for different jobs?

Say there are two occupations - A and B, and plenty of workers. Let's pick occupation A, and order workers from lowest to highest ability/productivity. Which is the formal term to describe the ...
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How does the professional class fit into Marx and Engel's class struggle theory?

I know that in the first part of The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engles discuss at length the relationship between the Bourgeois and the Proletarians. The former being the owners of the means of ...
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Studying growth in US and Sweden, what variables should I watch out for in a regression? [closed]

I've be assigned a project on growth paradigms in US vs Sweden as part of my introductory course in econ. Can somebody please help me out with regression ideas?
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What are the economic perspectives regarding the game of salary negotiations?

Apologies if I use non-economic language to explain what I suspect is a practical application of economics. I have no formal education in economics whatsoever but hoping you guys/girls might be able ...
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What are the different patterns/quantity of employment according to demands of different income ranges?

I don't really have that much knowledge on economics or anything, so perhaps that's something I'd find an answer if I just knew the adequate terminology. Rephrasing/explaining my question: different ...
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Controling the level of hours worked in the multiplicative formulation of KPR

KPR preferences are generally given by $$ \frac{c^{1-\sigma}}{1-\sigma} \cdot v(l)$$ with $l$ being leisure. Let's focus on the case where $\sigma \in (0, 1)$, where we know that $v(l)$ must be ...
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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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Why the difference in productivity and wage trend in the UK economy?

In reading this article from FT, we come across two graphs: and Shouldn't real wages have a similar trend to productivity? Why was there that discrepancy since the 2009 until 2014? Maybe some other ...
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Graphing Volunteer labour Supply

I'm wondering if there is a method by which we can visualize a firms decision to rely on volunteer labour. I have an idea but I'm unsure if it is correct, please tell me if there is an issue with my ...
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Is the study of the volunteer sector inappropriate for a labour economist?

In the basics of labour economics the driving factor for increase in labour supply (for the workers in a given market) is increase in wages. The volunteer sector consists of general and skilled ...
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Teaching ethics and its Economic value

Is there any literature that considers the benefits of ethical behaviour or teachings in Economics in terms of its value added to human capital? If there is no difference in value added, then is ...
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Identify absolute ability from a wage equation

Consider a simple model where the wage of a worker $i$ in period $t$ is: $$w_{it} = \theta_{t} a_{i}$$ where $\theta_{t}$ is the wage rate or efficiency wage per unit of ability, and $a_{i}$ is the ...
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How does low population growth increase the effect of accumulated wealth

This passage comes from page 10 of the translation of Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty First Century: If the rates of population and productivity growth are relatively low, then ...

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