Modeling the labor market in the aftermath of a disaster: Two perspectives

A. Yair Grinberger*, Peleg Samuels

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This paper presents two opposite perspectives on the labor market in the aftermath of a disaster. The first posits a production sector that is non-tradeable and a labor market with total mobility. This is modeled using agent based simulation. The second presents a production sector that is fully tradeable and a labor market that is perfectly immobile. This is modeled using traditional micro-economic modeling and numerical simulation. Outcomes from the two approaches are compared. In the no-disaster case, participation rates and wages under both approaches settle down to a low-level equilibrium albeit at different rates. In the case of a disaster, outcomes are very different. Under the agent based model labor market mobility results in solutions being found outside the area. In the micro-economic approach workers absorb the recovery process within the area readjusting their demand for labor. When population movement is introduced the system reorganizes at a new equilibrium. The results highlight first, the importance of labor mobility and flexibility and second, the divergent absorption costs in determining the long-term outcomes of a disaster.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)419-434
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
StatePublished - Oct 2018

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  • Adjustment
  • Agent based simulation
  • Equilibrium
  • Labor markets
  • Numerical simulation


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