Technology shocks and hours worked: a cross-country analysis

Thomet, Jacqueline; Wegmueller, Philipp (30 June 2018). Technology shocks and hours worked: a cross-country analysis (Discussion Papers 18-19). Bern: Department of Economics

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Using a novel data set, we reassess the evidence for (or against) a key implication of the basic RBC model: that aggregate hours worked respond positively to a positive technology shock. Two novel aspects of the analysis are the scope (14 OECD countries) and the inclusion of data on both labor supply margins to analyze the key margin of adjustment in aggregate hours. We show that the short-run response of aggregate hours to a positive technology shock is remarkably similar across countries, with an impact fall in 13 out of 14 countries. In contrast, the decomposition of the aggregate hours results into intensive and extensive margins shows substantial heterogeneity in the labor market dynamics across OECD countries. For instance, movements in the intensive margin are the dominant channel of adjustment in aggregate hours in 5 out of 14 countries of our sample, including France and Japan.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Thomet, Jacqueline Lea and Wegmüller, Philipp

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

Discussion Papers

Publisher:

Department of Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lars Tschannen

Date Deposited:

03 Sep 2020 08:18

Last Modified:

03 Sep 2020 08:18

JEL Classification:

E24, E32

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145872

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145872

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