Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108627
Authors: 
Holmes, Mark J.
Otero, Jesus
Panagiotidis, Theodore
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Koç University-TÜSİAD Economic Research Forum Working Paper Series 1315
Abstract: 
This paper provides evidence that unemployment rates across US states are stationary and therefore behave according to the natural rate hypothesis. We provide new insights by considering the effect of key variables on the speed of adjustment associated with unemployment shocks. A highly-dimensional VAR analysis of the half-lives associated with shocks to unemployment rates in pairs of states suggests that distance between states and vacancy rates respectively exert a positive and negative influence. We find that higher homeownership rates do not lead to higher half-lives. When the symmetry assumption is relaxed through quantile regression, support for the Oswald hypothesis through a positive relationship between homeownership rates and half-lives is found at the higher quantiles.
Subjects: 
Unemployment
market integration
speed of adjustment
JEL: 
E24
J60
F15
R10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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