Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20080
Authors: 
Joseph, Gilles
Pierrard, Olivier
Sneessens, Henri R.
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 835
Abstract: 
This paper studies the role of labor market institutions on unemployment and on the cyclical properties of job flows. We construct an intertemporal general equilibrium model with search unemployment and endogenous job turnover, and examine the consequences of introducing an unemployment benefit, a firing cost and a downward wage rigidity. The model is able to reproduce the main cyclical properties of a typical European economy. It also suggests that downward wage rigidities, rather than unemployment benefit or firing cost, may well play a dominant role in explaining both the high unemployment rate and the cyclical properties of such an economy.
Subjects: 
unemployment
job flows dynamics
institutions
JEL: 
J65
E24
J63
J38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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