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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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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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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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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Hours worked increases with wage

So I have been given a utility function = $ 48 R + Ry -R^2$ where $R$ represents leisure hours and $y$ represents labour income. $y=rl$, $r$ is wage rate and $l$ is labour hours. Find hours worked ...
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Profit maximization question

Two firms are in a market together. They produce a product. Total revenue from sales is $y=K+L$ K is the amount of capital L is the amount of labor These two firms each specialized in supplying ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Equilibrium value of $b$ (market tightness) in a search model

Consider the following one-shot version of a labour market matching model. Let the labour force be normalized at 1, who, because there is only one period, all start out as unemployed. There is a very ...
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Static wage posting model and indifference to wage levels

Suppose a monopsonistic firm has the following simple profit function: $$\pi (w) = PL(w) - wL(w) $$ where $L(w)$ is the labor supply, $P$ is the constant output price, and it has a linear production ...
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Labour Productivity Growth and Reallocation of Labour

Using a shift-share methodology, labour productivity growth can be arise from productvity growth within a sector (within effect) or reallocation of labour to sectors with higher productivity (...
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Reject worker after match

In the DMP family of labor models, we typically have $V$ denoting a vacancy and $J$ denoting the value of a job. $V$ typically becomes 0 through free entry. Say a firm get matched with a worker of ...
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How can I obtain monthly unemployment by ethnicity by state for the US (1986-present)?

This is what I have found so far: -Yearly data by state on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). [https://www.bls.gov/lau/ex14tables.htm]. Surely yearly estimates must be based on monthly estimates. ...
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Are there any estimates for what percentage of the jobs lost this spring are “permanent” at least for the rest of the year?

In a "view from the helicopter" video by The Economist on the aftereffects of Covid-19, one of the editors says that it's very unlikely we'll see a return to normal this year e.g. in the restaurant ...
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Implications for Labour after a Productivity Shock, RBC Model

I am trying to understand the implication for labour after a one time productivity shock where $A_t$ follows a AR (1) process with persistence $\rho_A=0.95$. It is stated the following : labour ...
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Understanding distortions in investment in human capital

I am currently reading Economics of The Colour Bar by WH Hutt, and I'm having trouble understanding this bit he has written: “But when the price of any commodity is raised above the free market level, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How is labor demand measured?

For instance, in the introduction of this paper (first paragraph), talking about Figure 1, they say that labor demand is measured as the real wage bill normalized by population. Is it common to ...
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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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Why doesn't the concept of employee engagement work in practice? [closed]

The concept of employee engagement looks like an overwhelming obvious way of improving business performance, yet since the mid-nineties, and after spending billions on engagement improvement systems, ...
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Maximum wage laws in mercantilist France

One John K Williams (1986) writes that in mercantilist France, The government actually imposed maximum wage laws. Any employer who paid wages above a legally defined ceiling was charged with an ...
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Find the optimal labor supply when labor utility is linear

I have been working the afternoon on an intertemporal exercise where I'm blocking on something very basic. Have been looking on previous posts but didn't find a similar question. We have the utility ...
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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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Tax wedge in labour market

I'm reading a book ( Macroeconomics - Institutions, Instability and the Financial System ) and on page 62, the authors define tax wedge as the "difference between the real consumption wage and the ...
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Total costs as function of labor and quantity [closed]

If I have wage $w = 200$ and rental rate $r = 3050$ on short run, I can assume that $K=1$ and then get the total costs $TC = rK+wL = 3050 + 200L$. Isn't it correct? But what if I also have a cost of ...
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Proving or disproving hypothesis?

I took statistics class years ago in my college and I don't remember much of it now. I am into public policy research now and I am bit confused about about what conclusion to make from available ...
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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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Why consider non-farm payrolls?

Why does the US consider non-farm payrolls when looking at employment levels? What are the reasons for not including farms? Are the workers too transitive, does it not contribute in a certain way to ...
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Does migration exacerbate (albeit delay) the problem of aging, economically-inactive populations in Western societies?

As a layman, I've always understood that there is a general consensus amongst economists that "immigration is economically beneficial" to rich Western countries (like Britain) who have aging ...
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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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Why do stricter emission limits cost jobs?

I live in Germany and as most people know the car industry is very important in our country. Currently, there is a discussion about stricter emission limits for cars in the European Union. The car ...
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Does it make economic sense for only some universities in a certain area to pay their sports scholars?

Apparently ‘Athletic scholarships are common in the United States, but in many countries they are rare or non-existent.’ But are there countries where there are some universities that offer sports ...
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Expectation augmented Phillips Curve

Currently studying Intro to Macroeconomics, and faced Expectations augmented PC. In my textbook it is not clear how expected inflation affects unemployment. My view so far, is that expected inflation ...
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Why real wage equals marginal product of labor when return to scale is constant?

I can understand that real wage will equal MPL(marginal product of labor) when MPL is diminishing, because firms will employ more labor until MPL falls to real wage. While, if MPL is constant, ...

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