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Paper #1694

Mismatch cycles
Isaac Baley, Ana Figueiredo i Robert Ulbricht
Gener 2020 (Revisió: Agost 2021)
This paper studies the cyclical dynamics of skill mismatch and quantifies its impact on labor productivity. We build a tractable directed search model, in which workers differ in skills along multiple dimensions and sort into jobs with heterogeneous skill requirements. Skill mismatch arises due to information frictions and is prolonged by search frictions. Estimated to the U.S., the model replicates salient business cycle properties of mismatch. Job transitions in and out of bottom job rungs, combined with career mobility, are key to account for the empirical fit. The model provides a novel narrative for the scarring effect of unemployment.
Paraules clau:
Business cycles, cleansing, learning about skills, multidimensional sorting, scarring effect of unemployment, search-and-matching, skill mismatch, sullying.
Codis JEL:
E24, E32, J24, J64.
Àrea de Recerca:
Macroeconomia i Economia Internacional
Publicat a:
Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming

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