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The Unemployment Volatility Puzzle: The Role of Matching Costs Revisited

By José Ignacio Silva and Manuel Toledo

Abstract

Recently, Pissarides (2008) has argued that the standard search model with sunk fixed matching costs increases unemployment volatility without introducing an unrealistic wage response in new matches. We revise the role of matching costs and show that when these costs are not sunk and, therefore, can be partially passed on to new hired workers in the form of lower wages, the amplication mechanism of fixed matching costs is considerably reduced and wages in new hired positions become more sensitive to productivity shocks.unemployment volatility puzzle, search and matching, matching costs

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