DP690 A Model of Labour Demand with Linear Adjustment Costs

Author(s): Samuel Bentolila, Gilles Saint-Paul
Publication Date: August 1992
Keyword(s): Firing Costs, Labour Demand, Unemployment
JEL(s): J23
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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This paper formulates a discrete-time model to study the effects of firing costs on labour demand by a firm facing linear adjustment costs under serially independent productivity shocks. We show that a rise in firing costs reduces the firm's marginal propensities to hire and fire, and may increase or decrease its average steady-state labour demand.