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The Beveridge Curve



OVER THE PAST thirty years, macroeconomists thinking about aggregate
labor market dynamics have organized their thoughts around two relations,
the Phillips curve and the Beveridge curve. The Beveridge curve,
the relation between unemployment and vacancies, has very much
played second fiddle. We think that emphasis is wrong. The Beveridge
relation comes conceptually first and contains essential information
about the functioning of the labor market and the shocks that affect it.


Janet L. Yellen

United States Secretary of the Treasury - United States Department of the Treasury

Former Distinguished Fellow in Residence - Economic Studies

Robert E. Hall

Robert and Carole McNeil Joint Hoover Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics - Stanford University

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