Data and Code for: The Cyclical Behavior of Job Quality and Real Wage Growth

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Bellou, Andriana (Université de Montréal)
  • Kaymak, Baris (Université de Montréal)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Business Cycle; Job Quality; Implicit Contracts
  • Abstract

    We study the empirical relevance of implicit insurance contracts for wage setting while accounting for cyclical fluctuations in average job quality. Using proxy measures, we find the latter to be acyclical, if not countercyclical, due to the cleansing effects of layoffs during recessions versus quits during expansions. Then, we study the cyclical behavior of wage growth among job stayers to test for contracts, circumventing differences in job quality altogether. Both methods strongly corroborate the prevalence of wage contracts in the labor market and imply a highly procyclical price for labor. The results presented in the tables and figures are generated by the code and data files contained in this project.
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian labor force.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E119151
  • Bellou, Andriana, and Baris Kaymak. “The Cyclical Behavior of Job Quality and Real Wage Growth.” American Economic Review: Insights, n.d.

Update Metadata: 2021-02-18 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2021-02-18