توضیح حرکات ادواری در استخدام : تخریب خلاقانه یا تغییرات در بهره برداری ؟
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|3763||2009||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||9288 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Labour Economics, Volume 16, Issue 4, August 2009, Pages 429–439
An important step in understanding why employment fluctuates cyclically is determining the relative importance of cyclical movements in permanent and temporary plant-level employment changes. If movements in permanent employment changes are important, then recessions are times when the destruction of job-specific capital picks up and/or investment in new job capital slows. If movements in temporary employment changes are important, then employment fluctuations are related to the temporary movement of workers across activities (e.g. from work to home production or search and back again) as the relative costs/benefits of these activities change. I estimate that in the manufacturing sector temporary employment changes account for nearly 60% of the change in employment growth over the cycle. However, if permanent employment changes create and destroy more capital than temporary employment changes, then their economic consequences would be relatively greater. The correlation between gross permanent employment changes and capital intensity across industries supports the hypothesis that permanent employment changes do create and destroy more capital than temporary employment changes.
Understanding why employment varies cyclically is important for understanding both the origins of business cycles and the welfare implications of fluctuations in the pace of economic activity. An important step in understanding why employment fluctuates cyclically is determining the relative importance of cyclical movements in permanent and temporary plant-level employment changes. If movements in permanent employment are important, then recessions are times when the destruction of job-specific capital (physical, human and organizational) picks up and/or investment in new job capital slows. Understanding how incentives to destroy or create this capital change over the cycle is then key to understanding the timing, duration and magnitude of cyclical fluctuations.1 If movements in temporary employment changes are important, then employment fluctuations are related to the temporary movement of workers across activities (e.g. from work to home production or search and back again) as the relative costs/benefits of these activities change. In this case, understanding why and how the relative attractiveness of these alternative activities changes becomes key to understanding the change in employment growth over the cycle.2 Both permanent and temporary employment changes can be efficient or inefficient, but the type of inefficiency and any policy needed to address it likely differ across these two kinds of employment changes. For example, Caballero and Hammour (1996) show that whether cyclical swings in the permanent creation and destruction of jobs in response to changes in demand is inefficiently too large or too small depends importantly on the size of the sunk costs of permanent job creation. Such costs are less important when considering the inefficiency of the response of temporary employment changes to fluctuations in demand. Much more relevant are policies and/or institutions that drive a wedge between the utility of leisure or home production and the marginal product of work times the utility of consumption. For example, Feldstein (1976) shows that UI benefits can lead to inefficiently low levels of market work by providing too strong an incentive to change from work to other activities in response to temporary changes in the marginal revenue product of market work. Estimation of permanent and temporary plant-level employment changes requires a data set with sufficiently long time series of plant-level employment. I use the Census Bureau's Longitudinal Record Data set (LRD), which satisfies this requirement for a large number of manufacturing plants. To isolate permanent changes in employment at continuing plants, I apply a low-pass filter to time series of plant-level employment. To estimate permanent plant shutdowns and startups, I use the methodology of Davis et al. (1996), henceforth DHS. Combining permanent shutdowns and startups with permanent and temporary employment changes at continuous plants yields aggregate rates of permanent and temporary employment changes. I estimate that permanent employment changes account for about half of annual plant-level employment changes in the manufacturing sector, with temporary employment changes accounting for the remaining half. Permanent employment changes account for slightly less than half of the change in employment growth over the cycle. Thus, both types of employment changes contribute importantly to cyclical movements in employment, though the contribution of temporary employment changes is greater. However, to the extent that the economic consequences of the two types of employment changes differ, their relative importance may be greater or smaller than simple tabulations of their cyclical variation suggest. In particular, it seems likely that permanent employment changes entail the creation and destruction of more specific capital (physical, organizational and human), than temporary employment changes. A simple model of permanent and temporary employment changes suggests a test of this hypothesis. The model predicts that permanent and temporary employment changes should be smaller in industries with higher sunk costs of job creation, or greater amounts of specific capital per job. The intuition for why sunk costs reduce permanent employment changes is straight forward. When sunk costs are high, plants will be more hesitant to respond to changes in demand by permanent job creation. In addition, because sunk costs raise the option value of maintaining job capital after a plant has suffered an adverse relative productivity/demand shock, permanent job destruction will also be less responsive to shocks. Put another way, the amount of permanent job flows should be inversely proportional to its costs. Cross-industry regressions using capital intensity as a proxy for the level of sunk costs confirm the model's prediction. Putting these results together, though temporary plant-level employment changes account for more of the cyclical fluctuation in employment than permanent plant-level employment changes, permanent employment changes are more costly and have potentially greater economic consequences. As a result, it is likely equally important to understand the role of both creative-destruction and changing utilization in cyclical fluctuations. Many papers have investigated the behavior of plant-level employment changes, but few have tried to identify temporary and permanent employment changes, and none that I am aware of have sought to distinguish the economic consequences of these two types of employment changes or to quantify their relative importance to cyclical changes in aggregate employment. DHS, among others, estimate plant shutdowns and startups. In addition, they construct measures of persistent job changes at continuing plants. However, they consider only forward persistence (whether an employment change in period t will be reversed in periods t + 1, t + 2, etc), not backward persistence (whether an employment change in period t reverses employment changes in periods t − 1, t − 2, etc.). Moreover, their choice of method does not make clear what level of persistence should be associated with plant-level employment changes not directly related to business cycle fluctuations in utilization. Finally, they only report their most persistent measure of employment changes (2 years) for a limited number of years making analysis of changes in permanent flows over the business cycle problematic. In my measures of permanent employment changes, I use a method similar to that of DHS to identify shutdowns and startups but add an additional filter to retain only permanent shutdowns and startups. For continuous plants, the low-pass filter I use isolates employment changes that are long-lasting from both a forward and backward perspective. In addition, I choose weights for the low pass filter that identify permanent employment flows as having a frequency lower than that associated with business cycles. Finally, I measure the contributions to cyclical employment movements of permanent and temporary employment changes and test whether permanent employment changes are likely to be more costly than temporary employment changes. The following section describes in more detail the data and method I use to distinguish permanent and temporary employment changes. Section 3 reports measures of the magnitudes and cyclical movements of both temporary and permanent changes in employment. Section 4 uses a simple model to show that permanent employment changes should be more closely associated with changes in capacity and less closely associated with changes in utilization than temporary employment changes and tests the model's prediction that higher sunk costs of job creation should reduce the frequency of permanent and temporary employment changes. Section 5 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Understanding the origins and consequences of business cycles depends, in part, on understanding the relative importance of permanent and temporary employment changes to cyclical fluctuations in employment. If permanent changes in employment are important, then it is important to understand and evaluate the efficiency of the process of creative destruction; see Caballero and Hammour (1996). If temporary employment changes are important, then understanding the efficiency of wage setting and/or the intertemporal elasticity of labor supply (among other factors) is important. Empirically, both types of employment changes appear to be important. While temporary employment changes account for more of the cyclical fluctuation in employment than permanent employment changes, the across-industry relationship between physical capital intensity and gross employment changes suggests that permanent employment changes create and destroy more capital than temporary employment changes, making the economic consequence of their occurrence greater.