The Job Ladder: Inflation vs. Reallocation by Giuseppe Moscarini

Join Giuseppe Moscarini for this event, which is part of the Macroeconomics Research Seminar Series, Autumn Term 2023

  • Tue 7 Nov 23

    13:30 - 15:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Giuseppe Moscarini

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Macroeconomics Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Economics, Department of

The Job Ladder: Inflation vs. Reallocation by Giuseppe Moscarini

Join us for this weeks Macroeconomics Research Seminar, Autumn Term 2023.

Giuseppe Moscarini, from the Department of Economics at Yale University, will present this weeks Macroeconomics seminar on The Job Ladder: Inflation vs. Reallocation.


We introduce on-the-job search frictions in an otherwise standard monetary DSGE New-Keynesian model. Heterogeneity in productivity across jobs gives rise to a job ladder. Firms Bertrand-compete for employed workers according to the Sequential Auctions protocol of Postel-Vinay and Robin (2002). Outside job offers to employed workers, when accepted, reallocate employment up the productivity ladder; when declined, because matched by the current employer, they raise production costs and, due to nominal price rigidities, compress mark-ups, building inflationary pressure. 

When employment is concentrated at the bottom of the job ladder, typically after recessions, the reallocation effect prevails, aggregate supply expands, moderating marginal costs and inflation. As workers climb the job ladder, reducing slack in the employment pool, the inflation effect takes over. The model generates endogenous cyclical movements in the Neo Classical labor wedge and in the New Keynesian wage mark-up. The economy takes time to absorb cyclical misallocation and features propagation in the response of job creation, unemployment and inflation to aggregate shocks. The ratio between job-finding probabilities job-to-job and from unemployment, a measure of the “Acceptance rate” of job offers to employed workers, predicts negatively inflation, independently of the unemployment rate.


This seminar will be held on campus in the Economics Common Room at 1.30pm on Tuesday 7 November 2023. This event is open to all levels of study and is also open to the public. To register your place, please contact the seminar organisers.

This event is part of the Macroeconomics Research Seminar Series.