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The vanishing procyclicality of labor productivity

Jordi Galí () and Thijs van Rens ()

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract: We document three changes in postwar US macroeconomic dynamics: (i) the procyclicality of labor productivity has vanished, (ii) the relative volatility of employment has risen, and (iii) the relative (and absolute) volatility of the real wage has risen. We propose an explanation for all three changes that is based on a common source: a decline in labor market frictions. We develop a simple model with labor market frictions, variable effort, and endogenous wage rigidities to illustrate the mechanisms underlying our explanation. We show that the reduction in frictions may also have contributed to the observed decline in output volatility.

Keywords: labor hoarding; labor market frictions; wage rigidities; effort choice. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 E32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-08, Revised 2010-07
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