Work in Progress

Sorting, Technology Choice, and Specialization, with Björn Brügemann & Pieter Gautier

We build a search model of the labour market with worker and firm skill heterogeneity. Firms’ technology choice interacts with labour market frictions to determine the level of specialization. Using occupational skill requirements from O*NET we construct measures of occupational, state, and MSA specialization and study its relation with frictions and UI benefits.

Climate Policy, Technology Adoption, and Skill Sorting, with Sacha de Nijs

We study the interaction between the climate policy-induced technological transformation, search frictions, and worker-technology skill mismatches. To do so, we build a search model of an economy with a capital vintages structure. The presence of mismatches can slow down the deployment of green-technologies. Moreover, a firm that decides to deploy a new technology with large skill mismatches with incumbent workers may opt for replacing them. We calibrate our model on the European setting and study the effect of policies, such as a carbon tax, new technology investment subsidies, and worker retraining subsidies, on green technology adoption and labour market outcomes.

Working Papers

Shocks to future income and (no) consumption-smoothening: Evidence from the abolition of the state pension partner supplement in the Netherlands, with Casper van Ewijk & Ralph Stevens [Working Paper link] [SSRN link]

We utilize the abolishment of the state pension partner supplement in the Netherlands to investigate the effect of a change in future income on the marginal propensity to consume. We employ a differencesin-differences-in-differences setup and find no effect in people’s labour and consumption decision due to the supplement abolishment.