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Title:Determinants of lifetime unemployment: a micro data analysis with censored quantile regressions PDF Logo
Authors:Schmillen, Achim
Möller, Joachim
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4751
Abstract:The empirical literature on unemployment almost exclusively focuses on the duration of distinct unemployment spells. In contrast, we use a large German administrative micro data set for the time span 1975-2004 to investigate individual lifetime unemployment (defined as the total length of all unemployment spells over a 25-year period). This new perspective enables us to answer questions regarding the long-term distribution and determinants of unemployment for West German birth cohorts 1950-1954. We find that lifetime unemployment is highly unevenly distributed and employ censored quantile regressions to show that, for men, pursuing a disadvantageous occupation early in the professional career leads to a significantly higher amount of lifetime unemployment.
Subjects:Lifetime unemployment
censored quantile regressions
occupation-specific human capital
JEL:J64
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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