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On the cyclical behavior of employment, unemployment and labor force participation
Marcelo Veracierto
Abstract

In this paper I evaluate to what extent a real business cycle (RBC) model that incorporates search and leisure decisions can simultaneously account for the observed behavior of employment, unemployment and out-of-the-labor-force. This contrasts with the previous RBC literature, which analyzed employment or hours fluctuations by either lumping together unemployment and out-of-the-labor-force into a single non-employment state or assuming a fixed labor force participation. Once the three employment states are explicitly introduced I find that the RBC model generates highly counterfactual labor market dynamics.


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Marcelo Veracierto, On the cyclical behavior of employment, unemployment and labor force participation, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Working Paper Series WP-02-12, 2002.
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Keywords: Employment (Economic theory) ; Labor market ; Labor supply ; Unemployment
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