Norges Bank

Working Paper

Mismatch shocks and unemployment during the Great Recession

Author:
Francesco Furlanetto and Nicolas Groshenny
Series:
Working Paper
Number:
16/2013

Abstract
We investigate the macroeconomic consequences of fluctuations in the effectiveness of the labor-market matching process with a focus on the Great Recession. We conduct our analysis in the context of an estimated medium-scale DSGE model with sticky prices and equilibrium search unemployment that features a shock to the matching efficiency (or mismatch shock). We find that this shock is almost irrelevant for  unemployment  fluctuations in normal times. However, it plays a somewhat larger role during the Great Recession when it contributes to raise the actual unemployment rate by 1.25 percentage points and the natural rate by 2 percentage points. Moreover, it is the only shock that generates a positive conditional correlation between unemployment and vacancies.

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Published 28 June 2013 10:30
Published 28 June 2013 10:30