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Title:Unemployment Persistence: Is There Evidence for Stigma Effects? PDF Logo
Authors:Biewen, Martin
Steffes, Susanne
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 08-057
Abstract:We present evidence for a highly significant interaction between state dependence in individual unemployment risk and the business cycle. The disadvantage from having been unemployed in the previous period is smaller in times of relatively high unemployment and larger in times of low unemployment. This is consistent with the existence of stigma effects in the sense that unemployed individuals face difficulties finding a new job because employers interpret unemployment as a negative signal and do so especially when it is easier to find jobs, i.e. when unemployment is low.
Subjects:Unemployment persistence
state dependence
human capital depreciation
stigma effects
scarring
JEL:C23
J65
J64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
ZEW Discussion Papers

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