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Title:Explaining the Employability Gap of Short-term and Long-term Unemployed Persons PDF Logo
Authors:Thomsen, Stephan L.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 08-062
Abstract:This paper analyzes the determinants of employability differences between short-term and long-term unemployed persons. Knowing these differences could help to address active labor market policy programs more adequately to the needs of the job-seekers in order to increase employment integration. Based on merged survey and register data differences in job finding chances of these groups are decomposed into a part due to differences in attributes and a part due to differences in valuing the attributes. The estimates clarify that current active labor market programs do not address important factors of employment. Particularly, health of the job seekers, limitations in the working ability and obstacles to employment comprising substance abuse, financial debts or care obligations for children or frail elderly play a significant role for successful placement. The conclusion is that policy makers should integrate these aspects in the placement process.
Subjects:unemployment
employability
active labor market policy
decomposition
Germany
JEL:J64
C50
J68
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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