Unemployment, Capital-Labor Substitution, and Economic Growth
38 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2006
Date Written: March 1999
This paper discusses the influence of economic growth on the equilibrium unemployment rate (NAIRU). It examines how income distribution and the NAIRU are influenced by capital formation, technical progress, and labor force expansion, and how these factors` impact depends on the elasticity of substitution between capital and labor. The paper distinguishes between the short-run NAIRU when capital stock is exogenous, and the long-run NAIRU when it is endogenous. It also considers how the analysis must be modified to take into account Keynesian ideas concerning the role of aggregate demand. It concludes that unless the capital stock grows in line with labor supply in efficiency units, the short-run NAIRU will increase, reducing the scope for demand stimulation.
Keywords: Unemployment, Capital, Elasticity of Substitution, Bargaining, Technical Progress
JEL Classification: E23, E24, E25
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