June 2022 issue contents
Some Like it Hot: Assessing Longer-Term Labor Market Benefits from a High-Pressure Economy

Julie L. Hotchkissa,b and Robert E. Mooreb


This paper finds that both "hot" and "cold" economic environments affect current and future labor market outcomes (i.e., time spent unemployed and out of the labor force and hourly pay) differentially between advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Using longitudinal data, we find that while disadvantaged workers reap greater benefits from exposure to hot economies, that benefit alone is not enough to offset the greater cost of exposure to cold economic environments. This suggests that an over-expansive policy is limited in its ability to achieve lasting reductions in labor market gaps, which would likely be better served by a policy prioritizing reduced economic volatility.

JEL Code: E60, E24, J64, J31.

Full article (PDF, 51 pages)

Online appendix (PDF, 38 pages)

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
b  Georgia State University