A new GLO Discussion Paper finds that acyclical and countercyclical wage establishments are key drivers for stronger labor market reactions in recessions than in booms.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1344, 2023
Wage and Employment Cyclicalities at the Establishment Level – Download PDF
by Merkl, Christian & Stüber, Heiko
GLO Fellow Christian Merkl
Author Abstract: Although the quantitative relationship between employment cyclicality and wage cyclicality is central for the dynamics of macroeconomic models, there is little empirical evidence on this topic. We use the German AWFP dataset to document that wage cyclicalities are very heterogeneous across establishments. Based on this heterogeneity, we estimate the relationship between employment cyclicality and wage cyclicality at the establishment level. We use this micro-estimate as a calibration target for a macro labor market flow model with heterogeneous wage dynamics that nests the standard search and matching model. Based on this micro-macro linkage, we provide a new quantitative benchmark for the role of wage rigidity in search and matching models. Furthermore, we show that acyclical and countercyclical wage establishments are key drivers for stronger labor market reactions in recessions than in booms.
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