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Search in Macroeconomic Models of the Labor Market

Richard Rogerson and Robert Shimer ()

Chapter 07 in Handbook of Labor Economics, 2011, vol. 4A, pp Pages: 619-700 from Elsevier

Abstract: This chapter assesses how models with search frictions have shaped our understanding of aggregate labor market outcomes in two contexts: business cycle fluctuations and long-run (trend) changes. We first consolidate data on aggregate labor market outcomes for a large set of OECD countries. We then ask how models with search improve our understanding of these data. Our results are mixed. Search models are useful for interpreting the behavior of some additional data series, but search frictions per se do not seem to improve our understanding of movements in total hours at either business cycle frequencies or in the long-run. Still, models with search seem promising as a framework for understanding how different wage setting processes affect aggregate labor market outcomes.

Keywords: Search; Unemployment; Worker flows; Business cycle; Cross-country comparisons; Wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-444-53450-7
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