Fragility / Labor

The Puzzling Labor Market

Carlo Pizzinelli

February 3, 2022

Has the pandemic induced labor market mismatch? (iStock Images/ RichLegg)

In This Episode

When the pandemic hit two years ago, millions of people quickly found themselves unable to work because of the nature of their jobs or because of the recession that ensued. But now, as economies are picking up- why are companies having such a hard time hiring workers? In this podcast, journalist Rhoda Metcalfe asks economists Carlo Pizzinelli and Ippei Shibata what's behind the labor shortage in many advanced economies. Shibata and Pizzinelli's latest research looks at current trends in the US and UK and suggests there are many pieces to the labor market puzzle. Transcript

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Carlo Pizzinelli is an economist in the Research Department of the IMF.

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