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Technology shocks and the Labor-Input response: Evidence from firm-level data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, ISSN 0022-2879, E-ISSN 1538-4616, Vol. 39, no 6, 1509-1520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the relationship between technology shocks and labor input on Swedish firm-level data using a production function approach to identify technology shocks. Taking standard steps yields a contractionary contemporaneous labor-input response in tine with previous studies. This finding may, however, be driven by measurement errors in the labor-input variable. Relying on a unique feature of our data set, which contains two independently measured firm-specific labor input measures, we can evaluate the potential bias. We do not find that this bias conceals any true positive contemporaneous effect. The results thus point away from standard flexible-price models and toward models emphasizing firm-level rigidities.

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2007. Vol. 39, no 6, 1509-1520 p.
Keyword [en]
technology shocks, labor input, business fluctuations, micro data
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-143634ISI: 000249148200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-143634DiVA: diva2:390811
Available from: 2011-01-24 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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