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Unemployment equilibria and input prices : theory and evidence from the United States

By Alan A. Carruth, N. Hooker and Andrew J. Oswald


The paper develops an efficiency-wage model where input prices affect the equlibrium rate of unemployment. We show that a simple framework based on only two prices (the real price of oil and the real rate of interest) is able to explain the main post-war movements in the rate of U.S. joblessnss. The equations do well in forecasting unemployment many out-of-sample, and provide evidence that the oil price spike associated with Iraq's invasion of Kuweit appears to be a component of the "mystery" recession which followed

Topics: HC
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 1998
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