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Inter-sectoral Labor Immobility, Sectoral Co-movement, and News Shocks

Munechika Katayama () and Kwang Hwan Kim

Discussion papers from Graduate School of Economics , Kyoto University

Abstract: The sectoral co-movement of output and hours worked is a prominent feature of business cycle data. However, most two-sector neoclassical models fail to generate this sectoral comovement. We construct and estimate a two-sector neoclassical DSGE model that generates the sectoral co-movement in response to both anticipated and unanticipated shocks. The key to our model’s success is a significant degree of inter-sectoral labor immobility, which we estimate using data on sectoral hours worked. Furthermore, we demonstrate that imperfect inter-sectoral labor mobility provides a better explanation for the sectoral co-movement than some alternative model emphasizing the role of labor-supply wealth e?ects.

Keywords: Sectoral Co-movement; Labor Immobility; Non-separable Preferences; Unanticipated; Shocks; News Shocks. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 E13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41
Date: 2015-12
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