A Stock-Flow Accounting Model of the Labor Market : An Application to Israel

Author/Editor:

Yossi Yakhin ; Natalya Presman

Publication Date:

March 16, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper utilizes a theoretical stock-flow accounting model of the labor market, similar to Blanchard and Diamond (1989). Identifying restrictions are derived from the theoretical model and are imposed on a SVAR system. The estimation allows for decomposing fluctuations to their cyclical and structural components. The model is applied to the Israeli economy. The estimates suggest that non-cyclical factors account for at least half of the decline of the unemployment rate during the period between 2004-Q1, when unemployment peaked at 10.9 percent, and 2011-Q4, when it marked a trough at 5.4 percent; suggesting a shift inward of the Beveridge curve.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/58

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 16, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484360569/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015058

Format:

Paper

Pages:

54

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