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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Employment Volatility and the Relevance of Aggregate Wage Rigidity

The Mortensen-Pissarides (MP) framework of search labor is the thing in analyzing (equilibrium) unemployment over the business cycle. Shimer showed that the lack of hires is the big margin that ...
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Consumption-Leisure Elasticity

The macro-literature insists on a consumption-leisure elasticity of 0 to match the balanced growth fact of constant labor supply. Is there any paper that tries to evaluate this elasticity using ...
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Why is sugar cane still harvested manually in Brazil?

I read that up to 70% of Brazil's sugar cane in the Sao Paulo area is still harvested manually. Some workers are paid $1.50 per tonne. Why is it still being cut manually? Some possibilities: (1) farm ...
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What keeps minimum wage rates in balance?

I would posit that the minimum wage is determined more on a political than an economic basis. The fact is that there are more wage earners than business owners and, generally speaking, the wage ...
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Analyzing Farm Bureau's claim that milk prices would double at the retail level if all the illegals were deported

A 2015 article on the Farm Bureau's website states: Half of all workers on U.S. dairy farms are immigrants, and the damage from losing those workers would extend far beyond the farms, nearly ...
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Which foreign workers in USA who send remittances to family are getting the best bang for their buck?

There are probably a lot of ways to measure that, but I want to measure it like this: Foreign national workers grouped by country of origin, which group sends the most money per capita in remittances? ...
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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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Why does adding a quadratic term to a regression change unrelated coefficients?

I'm in STATA and using 2010 data from Ipums. I'm trying to measure the wage differential between single men, married men, single women, and married women. I ran my first regression and got the ...
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Empirical explanation on divergence between productivity and wages since the 70s

There is a well know graph, that shows a tight link between productivity and wages, until the 70s, and a break of the link since: There's a lot of possible explanations for this, I keep hearing more ...
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Showing that the elasticity of arrival rate for workers wrt $\theta$ is between $0$ and $1$

Let $L=E+U$ where $L$ is labour force, $E$ is number of employed, and $U$ is unemployed people. Let $u = \frac{U}{L}$ and $v = \frac{V}{L}$. Given $m(u,v)$ as a matching function that determines ...
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Empirical Data on Demand for Minimum-Wage Jobs in the USA

The idea of a minimum wage and its effects in terms of supply and demand are well-known in mainstream economic theory. I'm constructing an argument regarding the minimum wage, and what I'm curious ...
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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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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 do Marxists account for fiat money?

LTV predicts that fiat currency, which requires zero labor to produce, should have zero value. Empirically, fiat currency does not have zero value. How do Marxists account for this. The to responses I ...
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Labour Market: simple macroeconomic modeling

I just started reviewing macroeconomic modeling for an upcoming entry exam, and I'm not sure about my answers in this application: Suppose that the economy of a country has a representative firm ...
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A confusion regarding search and matching model in Pissarides's “Equilibrium Unemployment Theory” book

I was studying chapter 1 of the book "Equilibrium Unemployment Theory" and I got confused about the way Pissarides has defined the probability of a firm not finding a worker in a short time interval $...
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General equilibrium effects of affirmative action policies

I am interested in the debate about affirmative action in college admissions and I would be happy to read some theoretical economic investigations of the effects of these policies. I would be glad if ...
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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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How reliable is BLS / JOLTS data on quits?

I'm looking at the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It also allows you to disentangle separations between layoffs and quits. The data comes from surveys, i.e. is self reported. There's ...
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Reasons for the recent rise in long-term unemployment

Kroft et al document the raise of long-term unemployed in the US during the recent crises. This is an impressive figure from their paper: They show that the raise does not come from compositional ...
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Estimating Job Vacancy rate empirically

I'm currently reading up on matching models in terms of their ability to describe frictional unemployment, they generally follow a cobb-douglas form. $$M(u,v)=m=\mu u^\alpha v^{1-\alpha}$$ Where $M(...
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Can lower working hours beat unemployment?

The common sense reasoning is downright simple: if X hours of works are needed per month, and Y people are available to work, give each person X/Y hours of work each month. I understand that there ...
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Estimates of the global STEM workforce?

I am looking for any recent estimates of the global STEM workforce (STEM = Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, and ideally includes software engineers). Time series data would be even better, ...
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Difference between embodied and commanded labor in the Labor Theory of Value?

Could the difference between "labor embodied" (production cost in labor value) and "labor commanded" (selling price in labor value) as described in the labor theory of value be attributable to the ...
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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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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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JK Galbraith Quote: How to interpret?

I came across a very thought-provoking quote by JK Galbraith concerning supply-side economics. The quote is as follows: The poor don't work because they have too much money. The rich don't work ...
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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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Why is the Supply of Labour More Elastic in a Single Province/State then it is in the Country as a Whole?

Apparently, the federal government has a greater ability than provincial government to increase tax revenues by raising tax rates because the supply of labour is more elastic in a single province than ...
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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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Reference request: Gender wage gap / Minority wage gap

Disclaimer: I am neither a social scientist nor an economist. I hope the ESE is the right place to ask this question. Disclaimer 2: I do not intend to spark an ideologically driven discussion here. ...
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Is it possible to reconstitute a labor theory of value?

I am not an economist, so highly technical answers may escape me. I know that since Jevons, Marshall, and the "marginal revolution" the classical labor theory of value has been largely abandoned. And ...
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What would happen if the entire world switched to the 4-day work week? [closed]

What would happen if the entire world switched to the 4-day work week? Specifically would someone's quality of life drop significantly in a developed or a non-developed country?
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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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How does economic theory handle full automation of production resulting in full unemployment?

As advances in robotics and artificial intelligence continue, one possible outcome is a laborless economy, in which capital (means of production) is the dominant factor in production, by multiple ...
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Cyclicality of Real Wages? Counter, pro or acyclical?

Is the real wage counter or pro- cyclical? I've read in some textbooks that the real wage is mildly pro-cyclical, but I've also found some papers stating that it's acyclical. So, which is it? Also, ...
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Does working abroad cause less unemployment however small?

The context of this question arises from people in third world countries going abroad to work. Often they are seen as money-hungry people who don't love their country (unless they are, say, physicists ...
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Data: Vacancies in the US before 2005

Shimer (2005) says These [separation shocks] introduce an almost perfectly positive correlation between unemployment and vacancies, an event that essentially never been observed in the United ...
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Wage regressions: Nominal versus real wage

I'm wondering do I need to convert nominal wages to real wages when running wage equations using panel data sets? My dependent variable is log of wage and I'm looking at returns to education across ...
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Should minimum wage be regulated for developing countries

I live in a developing country, where unemployment is at roughly 25%. There is a large divergence in population whereby skilled workers are typically active within in the manufacturing, finance, ...
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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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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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Ad-driven skills gap?

In a Business Insider piece I read that: Michael Madowitz, an economist at the Center for American Progress, says he is "unusually unsympathetic to the evergreen skills gap critique." "...
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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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Slutsky Decomposition of Given Labor Supply Model

Let utility curve an individual given as $U(C,R) = C^aR^{1-a}$ where $(0\lt a \lt 1)$ and $C$ denotes consumption commodity and $R$ denotes its leisure, and price of $C$ is given as $P$, and the ...
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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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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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Does the government have a role to play in certifying people's abilities for the labor market?

The nature of information often makes it look like a public good. Is this the case for certification of peoples abilities? Is there a role the government could play in certifying people's abilities? ...
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Matching in Blanchard-Diamond (1994)

Setup Blanchard-Diamond (1994) have a model where each unemployed has a single ball (application) that she tosses into urns (vacancies). With probability $a$ the application lands in the urn - the ...
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Amplification Effects: Negative Denominator

Let $0 < \rho < 1$ be the discount rate, $V$ some option value, and $F$ some fundamental. $$ \rho V = \beta V + F$$ You have access to some option value $V$ that will always deliver you some ...

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