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Aggregate recruiting intensity

Gavazza, Alessandro ORCID: 0000-0001-9236-5813, Mongey, Simon and Violante, Giovanni L (2018) Aggregate recruiting intensity. American Economic Review, 108 (8). pp. 2088-2127. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.20161420


We develop an equilibrium model of firm dynamics with random search in the labor market where hiring firms exert recruiting effort by spending resources to fill vacancies faster. Consistent with microevidence, fast-growing firms invest more in recruiting activities and achieve higher job-filling rates. These hiring decisions of firms aggregate into an index of economywide recruiting intensity. We study how aggregate shocks transmit to recruiting intensity, and whether this channel can account for the dynamics of aggregate matching efficiency during the Great Recession. Productivity and financial shocks lead to sizable pro-cyclical fluctuations in matching efficiency through recruiting effort. Quantitatively, the main mechanism is that firms attain their employment targets by adjusting their recruiting effort in response to movements in labor market slackness

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Additional Information: © 2017 American Economic Association
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:23

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