Monday, July 27, 2009

Credit Constraints and the Persistence of Unemployment

Via Economic Logic, an interesting new paper on the interaction of unemployment and credit constraints

Dromel, Kolakez and Lehman
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In this paper, we argue that credit market imperfections impact not only the level of un- employment, but also its persistence. For this purpose, we Ă–rst develop a theoretical model based on the equilibrium matching framework of Mortensen and Pissarides (1999) and Pis-sarides (2000) where we introduce credit constraints. We show these credit constraints not only increase steady-state unemployment, but also slow down the transitional dynamics. We then provide an empirical illustration based on a country panel dataset of 19 OECD countries. Our results suggest that credit market imperfections would significantly increase the persistence of unemployment.

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