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The Business Cycle Human Capital Accumulation Nexus and its Effect on Labor Supply Volatility

Diana Alessandrini (), Stephen Kosempel () and Thanasis Stengos ()

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Abstract: This paper studies the cyclicality of human capital accumulation by using a lifecycle RBC model with two types of heterogeneity: age and productivity in learning. Results show that individuals invest more in human capital during economic downturns. In particular, schooling acts as a buffer sector and allows agents to compensate for the shock by accumulating more human capital. However, human capital accumulation is more countercyclical for young and low-productivity individuals because they face lower opportunity costs of education and a higher marginal product of human capital. These results are confirmed empirically using US data from the Current Population Survey.

Keywords: human capital accumulation; business cycles; labor supply (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 E32 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-hrm, nep-lab and nep-lma
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