Search frictions: Matching aggregate and establishment observations

Russell Cooper, John Haltiwanger, Jonathan L. Willis

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We estimate a search model to match hours, employment, vacancies and unemployment at the micro- and macrolevels. We establish a set of facts concerning the variability of unemployment and vacancies in the aggregate and the distribution of net employment growth and the comovement of hours and employment growth at the establishment level. A search model with non-convex costs of posting vacancies, establishment-level profitability shocks and a contracting framework to set hours provides a structure to understand these observations. The estimated model is able to capture both the aggregate and establishment-level facts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-78
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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