A Markov-Switching Vector Equilibrium Correction Model of the UK Labour Market

Krolzig, Hans-Martin, Marcellino, Massimiliano and Mizon, Grayham E. (2002) A Markov-Switching Vector Equilibrium Correction Model of the UK Labour Market Empirical Economics, 27, (2), pp. 233-254. (doi:10.1007/s001810100117).


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There is a wide literature on the dynamic adjustment of employment and its relationship with the business cycle. In this paper we present a statistical model that offers a congruent representation of part of the UK labour market since the mid 1960s. We use a cointegrated vector autoregressive Markov-switching model in which some parameters change according to the phase of the business cycle. Output, employment, labour supply and real earnings are found to have a common cyclical component.
The long run dynamics are characterized by one cointegrating vector relating unemployment to trend-adjusted real wages and output. Despite there having been many changes affecting this sector of the UK economy, the Markov-switching vector-equilibrium-correction model with three regimes (representing recession, normal growth, and high growth) provides a good characterization of the sample data, and performs well relative to alternative linear and non-linear models. The results of an impulse-response analysis highlight the dangers of using VARs when the constancy of the estimated coefficients has not been established, and demonstrate the advantages of generating regime dependent responses.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s001810100117
ISSNs: 0377-7332 (print)
Keywords: business cycles, employment, impulse-response analysis, cointegration, regime shifts, markov switching
ePrint ID: 35032
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:11
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35032

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