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The persistence of local joblessness

Michael Amior and Alan Manning ()

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: Differences in employment-population ratios across US commut- ing zones have persisted for many decades. We claim these dispar- ities represent real gaps in economic opportunity for individuals of fxed characteristics. These gaps persist despite a strong migratory response, and we attribute this to high persistence in labor demand shocks. These trends generate a \race" between local employment and population: population always lags behind employment, yield- ing persistent deviations in employment rates. Methodologically, we argue the employment rate can serve as a sufficient statistic for local well-being; and we model population and employment dy- namics using an error correction mechanism, which explicitly al- lows for disequilibrium

JEL-codes: J21 J23 J61 J64 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07-01
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Published in American Economic Review, 1, July, 2018, 108(7), pp. 1942-1970. ISSN: 0002-8282

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