I am an assistant professor of Economics at Gettysburg College. My research focuses on the macroeconomic labor market, including the role of macroeconomic uncertainty on job creation and the reconciliation of the observed labor volatility with the search-and-matching model of unemployment.

Contact Information

Email: tlin@gettysburg.edu
Office:339 Carlisle Room 117
Mailing address:Department of Economics
Gettysburg College
300 N Washington St, Box 391
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

Education

Ph.D., Economics; Northwestern University, 2012
B.S., with Honors and Distinction, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics; Iowa State University, 2003
Phi Beta Kappa

Teaching

Spring 2018

ECON 104 Section D / Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 243 Sections A and B / Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Office hours: 10--11:30AM TuTh

Publication

Working Capital Requirement and the Unemployment Volatility Puzzle
Journal of Macroeconomics, 46, December 2015, pp. 201-217.
[▾ abstract] [download]
Shimer (2005) argues that a search-and-matching model of labor market in which wage is determined by Nash bargaining cannot generate the observed volatility in unemployment and vacancy in response to reasonable labor productivity shocks. This paper examines how monopolistically competitive firms with a working capital requirement (in which firms borrow funds to pay their wage bills) improves the ability of search models to match empirical fluctuations in unemployment and vacancy without resorting to an alternative wage setting mechanism. The monetary authority follows an interest rate rule in the model. A positive labor productivity shock lowers the real marginal cost of production and lowers inflation. In response to price level changes, the monetary authority reduces the nominal interest rate. The lower interest rate reduces the cost of financing and partially offsets the increase in labor cost from higher productivity. Reduced labor costs imply firms retain a greater portion of the gain from a productivity shock which gives them greater incentives to create vacancies. Simulations show that working capital requirement does indeed improve the ability of the model to generate fluctuations in the labor market variables to better match the U.S. data.

Working Papers

A New Keynesian Model with Robots: Implications for Business Cycles and Monetary Policy
(with Charles L. Weise)
[▾ abstract] [download]
This paper incorporates labor-replacing capital, which we call robots, into a New Keynesian model which allows us to examine the effects of robots at a business cycle frequency and its monetary policy implications. We find that shocks to the price of robots have effects on wages, output, and employment that are distinctly different from shocks to the price of traditional capital. In particular, the inclusion of robots alters the response of employment and labor's share to a variety of shocks and weakens the correlation between human labor and output, as well as the correlation between human labor and labor's share. Further, we find that monetary policymakers would need to place a greater emphasis on output stabilization if their objective is to minimize a weighted average of output and inflation volatility. Moreover, if policymakers have an employment stabilization objective that is apart from their output stabilization objective, they would have to further focus on output stabilization due to the deterioration of the output-employment correlation.
The Role of Uncertainty in Jobless Recoveries
[▾ abstract] [download]
The three most recent downturns, in contrast with other post-war recessions, are characterized by slow recoveries in employment despite positive economic growth. I find that recent recoveries coincide with high uncertainty about economy-wide corporate profits at a time when output begins to rebound, a pattern that was not observed in the earlier recessions. To examine the role of uncertainty in jobless recoveries, I develop a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with search and matching frictions in the labor market and an intensive labor margin. The model is driven by productivity and time-varying volatility shocks. The uncertainty agents face is captured by time-varying volatility. Labor market search frictions generate costly labor adjustment. When an uncertainty shock hits the economy, firms reduce the number of vacancies posted because they are reluctant to make costly adjustments along the extensive margin. Instead, firms require more effort from their employees. This, along with positive productivity shocks, can result in jobless recoveries. I calibrate the model and show that, with the addition of uncertainty shocks, this model can replicate recent episodes of jobless recoveries.
The Effects of Severance Payment on Mortensen-Pissarides Model with On-the-job Search
[▾ abstract] [updated version coming soon]
Saint-Paul (1995) argues that severance payments could generate multiple equilibria in the labor market. This paper seeks to examine the effect of severance payment in a richer environment: a Mortensen-Pissarides model with on-the-job search. Severance pay affects steady-state equilibrium outcome by distorting firms' threat point in the rent sharing condition for the on-going matches. The equilibrium outcome of severance payment, including the existence of multiple equilibria, is analytically ambiguous when one does not place stronger assumptions beyond homogeneous matching function and fixed rent sharing rule. However, the numerical solutions of the model under a wide range of parameter values show that the inclusion of severance pay decreases market tightness and reservation productivity, as one would expect. There is no evidence for multiple equilibria. I also find that while unemployment rate falls with severance pay, the society's welfare does not necessarily increase.