Municipal Labor Demand in the Presence of Uncertainty: An Econometric Approach
NBER Working Paper No. 3516 (Also Reprint No. r1620)
We specify a modem of municipal labor demand when resource flows available to the municipality are not known with certainty. The model allows us to test the hypothesis that employment decisions are rational in the sense that they incorporate all available information at the time that the decisions are made. We find that for our sample of communities, on the whole one cannot reject the hypothesis that labor demand is consistent with intertemporal utility maximization under uncertainty. However, small and large communities exhibit different behavior. The employment decisions of small communities are consistent with the model, while those of large communities are not.
Published: Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 276-293, (July 1991).