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Labor Hoarding and the Business Cycle

Bruce C. Horning
International Economic Review
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Feb., 1994), pp. 87-100
DOI: 10.2307/2527091
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2527091
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The puzzle of procyclical labor productivity occupies an important position in the debate over Real Business Cycle Theory. Real Business Cycle proponents attribute it to procyclical technology shocks, opponents to "labor hoarding"-retention during recessions of workers not needed for current production, thus downwardly biasing productivity measurements. This paper uses a model featuring heterogeneous industries to illustrate that the conventional presumption of counter-cyclical aggregate labor hoarding generating procyclical productivity measurements is not necessarily well grounded in theory.

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