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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Best financial model to proportionally distribute the company's income to all employees?

I'm planning to start a project of something "innovative". And among some of the parts of the project that I'm thinking about, it's in the term of how money (profits) should be distributed. The truth ...
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labor share and growth

Is there a link between the level of the labor share and growth? In standard models growth is the rate of (labor augmenting) technical progress and labor force. So does that mean if the labor share ...
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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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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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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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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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Decentralization of business due to internet/mass communication, or mere bosses-at-a-distance?

Excuse my question if it sounds brutish and uneducated but I'm curious about the recent trend of businesses like Uber, Google Play Store, Apple Store, possibly even Craigslist (et al) which are more ...
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What evidence is there that Adam Smith made mistakes in criticizing Mercantilism and upholding capitalism?

This commentator writes: On March 9, 1776, "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" (commonly referred to as simply "The Wealth of Nations") was published. Smith, a Scottish ...
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What does the elasticity of substitution between capital and labour mean?

For example, if i have elasticity of substitution equal to 5 and 0.6 what does it imply about the capital to labor ratio? When it is 5 does it imply that it is easier to replace labor with capital. As ...
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What is the cumulative amount of working hours for consumer products?

Is there any research about the cumulative amount of working hours for consumer products like cars or mobile phones? With cumulative amount of working hours I mean the total amount of working hours ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Marginal rate of substitution interpretation

I am trying to interpret the marginal rate of substitution stidied in an article. The article in question is Burbidge, J. B., Robb, A. L., 1980. Pensions and retirement behaviour. The Canadian Journal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to find right MRP_L in this economic problem?

Economic problem from my textbook (here is my translation from Russian): There is a firm that is both monopoly and monopsony. It's monopoly on market of its product and it's monopsony on labor market ...
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Would an $8 National Minimum Wage Work in the US?

For those who advocate a \$15 minimum wage, would the benefits espoused also come from an \$8 minimum? The reason I ask, is that it’s often said that the minimum wage needs to be updated as it was ...
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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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Reducing the working hours to 32 hours / week - how much it would affect the prices of commodities?

If the working hours would be reduced from 40 hours / week to 32 hours / week (4 days x 8 hours instead of 5 days x 8 hours), but maintaining the wages at the same levels, then I guess that the price ...
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Economic impacts of Migration on the Labour Market

Many natives don't prefer foreigners taking their jobs, is it actually a bad thing for the countries economy?
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Productivity issue

Could someone help with the following? Company produces products of daily demand. It employs workers In number of 12 people (HER) Wages of workers. The costs of hiring and firing are 25 per employee, ...

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