DP2592 | Complementarity of Labour Market Institutions, Equilibrium Unemployment and the Persistence of Business Cycles

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This paper evaluates complementarities of labour market institutions and the business cycle in the context of a stochastic dynamic general equilibrium model economy. Matching between workers and vacancies with endogenous time spent in search, Nash-bargained wages, payroll taxation, and differential support for unemployed labour in search and leisure are central aspects of the model. For plausible regions of the policy and institutional parameter space, the model exhibits more persistence than standard RBC models and can exhibit indeterminacy of rational expectation paths without increasing returns in production. Furthermore, labour market institutions act in a complementary fashion in generating these