EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Labor productivity: structural change and cyclical dynamics

Martin N. Baily, Eric Bartelsman () and John Haltiwanger

No 96-10, Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Abstract: A longstanding puzzle of empirical economics is that average labor productivity declines during recessions and increases during booms. This paper provides a framework to assess the empirical importance of competing hypotheses for explaining the observed procyclicality. For each competing hypothesis we derive the implications for cyclical productivity conditional on expectations of future demand and supply conditions. The novelty of the paper is that we exploit the tremendous heterogeneity in long-run structural changes across individual plants to identify the short-run sources of procyclical productivity. Our findings favor an adjustment cost model which involves a productivity penalty for downsizing as the largest source of procyclical labor productivity.

Keywords: Labor; productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (10) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/1996/199610/199610abs.html (text/html)
http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/1996/199610/199610pap.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Labor Productivity: Structural Change And Cyclical Dynamics (2001) Downloads
Working Paper: Labor Productivity: Structural Change and Cyclical Dynamics (1998) Downloads
Working Paper: Labor Productivity: Structural Change and Cyclical Dynamics (1996) Downloads
Working Paper: Labor productivity: structural change and cyclical dynamics (1995) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:fip:fedgfe:96-10

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.federalre ... /feds/fedsorder.html

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Franz Osorio ().

 
Page updated 2017-10-17
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfe:96-10