The Beveridge Curve: A Survey
Michael W. L. Elsby
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 3, September 2015
Important progress has been made in economists' understanding of the Beveridge curve, from its measurement to its expression in canonical labor market models. Yet enduring puzzles remain. Chief among these are the empirical role of vacancies in the recruitment process; the amplitude, comovement, and persistence of cyclical unemployment-vacancy dynamics; and the sources of lateral shifts in the Beveridge curve. The synthesis of these themes identifies several priorities for ongoing research, including the role of entry costs into vacancy creation in shaping Beveridge dynamics; the cyclicality of search intensity, both off and on the job, and its relation to participation and job-to-job transitions; the theory and measurement of mismatch; and the sources of hysteresis in unemployment flows. (JEL E24, J63, J64)
Elsby, Michael W. L., Ryan Michaels, and David Ratner.
"The Beveridge Curve: A Survey."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search