Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/195027
Authors: 
Evans, Andrew
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor Economics [ISSN:] 2193-8997 [Volume:] 7 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 5 [Pages:] 1-22
Abstract: 
Estimates of the Okun coefficient are made for Australian workers grouped by age and gender using an unobserved components model. By analogy we define and estimate a participation coefficient which measures the cyclical response of the labour force participation rate to cyclical output shocks. The trend and cycle decomposition methodology used here leads to higher absolute estimates of the Okun coefficient than those typically found in the literature, although we find a pattern of variation in the coefficient by age and gender which is typical. We also find that, in aggregate, participating males in the middle age groups tend to stay in the labour force throughout the business cycle whereas females of the same age tend to participate procyclically. This has policy implications for attempts to increase the rate of participation of particular groups by age and gender following a cyclical downturn.
Subjects: 
Okun's Law
Labour force participation
Trend and cycle decomposition
JEL: 
C32
E32
J21
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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