[Journal:] International Journal of Business and Economics [ISSN:] 1607-0704 [Volume:] 19 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 319-340
In this paper we investigate the quantitative importance of search and matching frictions in Bulgarian labor markets. This is done by augmenting an otherwise standard real business cycle model a la Long and Plosser (1983) with both a two-sided costly search and fiscal policy. This introduces a strong propagation mechanism that allows the model to capture the business cycles in Bulgaria better than earlier models. The model performs well vis-a-vis data, especially along the labor market dimension, and in addition dominates the market-clearing labor market framework featured in the standard RBC model, e.g Vasilev (2009), as well as the indivisible labor extension used in Hansen (1985).
general equilibrium unemployment and wages business cycles fiscal policy