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dc.contributor.authorDeutsch, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.authorFl├╝ckiger, Yvesen_US
dc.contributor.authorSilber, Jacquesen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper begins with an examination of various ways of measuring unemployment and, borrowing ideas from the poverty measurement literature, proposes four new general unemployment indices. The first of these is parallel to the Sen poverty index; the second, to the Sen index's generalization by Shorrocks; the third, to the FGT poverty index; and the fourth, to the Watts poverty index. The authors then present an empirical illustration based on Swiss data compiled at the state, or canton, level, using the so-called Shapley decomposition to determine the contribution of three componentsthe traditional unemployment rate, the average unemployment duration, and the inequality in the unemployment durationsto the differences between the values of the four proposed indices, both within a given canton and within Switzerland as a whole. The paper concludes with a discussion of the assumptions made about the maximum unemployment duration for the purposes of the study, and their impact on the results obtained.en_US
dc.publisherLevy Economics Institute of Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NYen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking papers // The Levy Economics Institute 509en_US
dc.subject.keywordFGT Poverty Indexen_US
dc.subject.keywordSen Pverty Indexen_US
dc.subject.keywordShapley Decompositionen_US
dc.subject.keywordUnemployment Durationen_US
dc.subject.keywordWatts Poverty Indexen_US
dc.titleOn various ways of measuring unemployment, with applications to Switzerlanden_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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