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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More than one Bellman Equation

I'm attending to my first dynamic optimization course, and what I don't fully graps yet is that sometimes we have to use more than one bellman equation. How do you realize that? I mean how do you know ...
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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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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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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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What changes the structural rate of output/unemployment?

To me the structural rate of unemployment was defined by $$\frac{1}{1+m} = F(u_n,z)$$ where $m$ is the markup and $z$ a catch-all variable. We could equivalenty get this in terms of $Y_n$ by letting $...
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Can the cyclicality of the real wage be used as a measure for the degree of competiveness in the labour market?

When reading the answers to this question of mine, I'm left wondering if cyclicality of real wages can be seen as an indicator for the nature and degree of competition in the labour market. In ...
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CPS CEPR: ORG and Monthly

How does the CPS CEPR store employment information for the non-ORG months? I am trying to reproduce Mueller (2012). He says The CPS is the main labor force survey for the U.S., representative of ...
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How are working hours statistics computed?

In a recent conversation, I was suggested that national working hours aggregates, as provided by bureaus of statistics, are based on surveys on time use. Is that true? Can macro labor data, which is ...
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Average ability conditioning on having accepted an offer

There is a continuum of workers between 0 and 1. These have ability $\alpha\sim U[0,2]$. A firm offers them a salary $v$ and has profits $$ \pi = (\rho \alpha-v) n(v) $$ where $n(v)$ is the fraction ...
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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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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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Interest rate Effects on labour supply

I was analysing, free of specificities, the effects of an increase in the real interest rate on labour supply in a two period setting. The obvious effect on leisure is the intertemporal substitution ...
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Causes of upward trend in median first marriage age in USA?

I found a chart here of median age at first marriage by year from 1890 to 2010. It looks like it dips to a low during the 60s then has an upward trend until 2010. As an answer, I'm looking for any ...
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What models exist that explain which people emigrate to another country?

I'm looking for papers about this, or if there's a pretty standard model across many papers, then maybe just a rundown of the model. I'd like to use the model in an econometric analysis. For example, ...
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Job-finding rate in an urn-ball model with types

Setup Say you have two types of workers, high and low. The share of low-types among the unemployed population is $P$. I want to find the job-finding rate for these types. Matching Matching is ...
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How did we arrive to 40 hr work week?

I am interested in a (reasonably) quantified explanation of why the work week in most of the world is 40 hrs and not for example 20? How did we arrive to the number 40. Another question is, and here ...
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Real Business Cycle Theory

Which academic paper does this diagram come from? Need to know for citation purposes. Apparently its King and Rebelo (2005) but doesn't seem to be the case.
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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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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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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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Term for fraction of economic value earned?

Is there a term for the fraction of economic value earned by a person in their labor that is due to their creation? For example, a car factory laborer who's work creates: Economic value created = $...
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Due to rising costs of college tuition, is it likely that the future will have less universities and the remaining only for those of much wealth?

I am very sorry if this is worded wrong. I've looked at the numbers myself and it astounding how much college has gone up in price even for commuters in a few decades. People didn't need these ...
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King-Plosser-Rebello Preferences: Scale leisure

KPR preferences are given by $$ U(c, l) = \frac{\left(cv(l)\right)^{1-\sigma}-1}{1-\sigma}$$ with concave increasing $v$ and $c$, $l$ denoting consumption and leisure. In the limiting case of $\...
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reference request: models of how racism or sexism affects decision making

My background is more in statistics and applied math, so I am not familiar with the breadth of decision making models from economics. However, I am working on a project that involves decision making ...
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Constant Elasticity of Substitution (non-special cases)

I am trying to better understand the CES function: $$Y_{t}=C\left[\pi\left(A_{t}^{K} K_{t}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}+(1-\pi)\left(A_{t}^{L} L_{t}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}\right]^{\frac{...
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What does Piketty mean by the C90/C10 ratio?

I am currently readings Piketty's "The Economics of Inequality", where he states in chapter 3: The P90/P10 wage ratio in the United States in the 1990s is 4.5, whereas it is “only” 3.2 in France (...
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Adam Smith: If humans are self-interested individuals, why should we reinvest our wealth?

According to Adam Smith, humans are self-interested individuals. If this is true, why does he argue that people should reinvest their wealth? How does this benefit a self-interested individual? Does ...
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Articles about the economics of non-compete contracts

Today I read in a non-scientific article that Amazon requires some physical workers to sign non-compete agreements. I used to think that the idea behind allowing non-compete clauses in contracts is to ...
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Burdett and Mortensen (1998), Equation (22), Integral by parts question

Suppose $F(x)$ and $H(x)$ are both cumulative prob dist functions on the support of $[b_0,b_1]$ and we know followings: $$u(x|F)=\int_{b_0}^{x}\frac{m}{1+k[1-F(b)]} dH(b)$$ and from this $$[1+k(1-...
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Modeling job application process in labor market

I need to model the job application process by job seekers. Specifically a job seeker when looking for a job, comes across a job and then decides whether to apply for it or not. I want to model this ...
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Structural Modelling of Expectations/Beliefs

I'm trying to build a structural model explaining the job search process by the job-seeker. One of the crucial component of job search, that i want to model, is the expectation about the employer. So ...
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Open/modern question in labor economics?

What are some of the modern lines of inquiry in labor economics and what are some good sources of them (especially, succinct ones)?
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Value added by workers

Is there any empirical evidence on the value added by workers? That is, their "productivity" minus the wage payments, social security benefits etc. that are paid by the firm? I'm eventually looking ...
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How can we measure the size of the new uber-driver-type economy?

Uber has probably hundreds of thousands of drivers just in the US. There are many other gig economy firms growing quickly, not only lyft, but also Amazon Prime, bite squad, etc. Is there some place in ...
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General Equilibrium Modelling

I have a question regarding GE modelling. The firm's problem is to: $$ \max\pi=pf(k,l)-wl-rk $$ If this is true, we choose $l$ and $k$ to maximize the difference between costs and revenues. This ...
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RBC model and indivisible labour

First of all, I would like to apologise for the fact that I will include a link in my question rather than a direct question, however, I have no idea how to do it in a different way. I have been ...
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Extensive Labor Margin and Full Insurance

Extensive margin models use Rogerson (1988) style lotteries in order to simplify the savings problem under non-full-insurance. However, one could still write down the model in that style but instead ...
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Price Changes in Factor and Product Markets

I think something is wrong in my reasoning, and I can't really find out what it is Lets say the supply of labor decreases in a market. That would mean that the wage rate would increase in that market....
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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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What economic factors should be considered in attracting suitable staff and determining pay for temporary project work?

Getting qualified workforce for temporary projects can be difficult. If found from within the organisation, they may have to abstain from their regular work, and this may create additional ...
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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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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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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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lowering minimum wage by half, effect on population of Puerto Rico

I am reading about a new bill to lower the minimum wage in Puerto Rico from \$7.25 to \$4.25 per hour. This comes at a time, when both the New York and California have chosen to raise their minimum ...
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Quarterly industry-level productivity growth?

Are there any quarterly data on industry-level productivity growth (i.e., by NAICS code) in the United States? I've looked around for a while but haven't been able to find anything. BLS publishes ...
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Impact of government subsidy on labour supply

If the government pays a certain amount $b>0$ to every person who is not working, what is the impact of this subsidy on labour supply? How does it alter the reservation wage? Is your answer ...
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Guvenen et al: Earnings

Guvenen et al look at earnings shocks over time, and try to argue whether these are compatible with standard career-ladder models with normal shocks. However, their data is no real shocks, it is time ...
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Reason for SMEs in the European Union employing the bulk of people?

Is there any specific reason why SMEs in the European Union employ the vast majority of people in general as well as in certain industries? Are they exempt from certain regulatory burdens such as ...
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How to test if the effect of one regressor entirely comes from other regressors?

I have a regression model that includes IQ test scores as the dependent variable; my own education, my father's education and my mother's education as independent variables. Suppose I want to know ...
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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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