Journal Article

On-the-Job Learning, Firing Costs, and Employment

Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy

This paper explores the influence of on-the-job learning on the employment effect of firing costs. In the absence of on-the-job learning, the theoretical literature shows that firing costs may increase average employment (over the booms and recessions of the business cycle). We show that the existence of on-the-job learning weakens this effect. In fact, when the amount of on-the-job learning is sufficiently large, a rise in firing costs tends to reduce average employment.


Pilar Diaz-Vazquez