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Title:Employed and unemployed job seekers: Are they substitutes? PDF Logo
Authors:Longhi, Simonetta
Taylor, Mark
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5827
Abstract:The job search literature suggests that on-the-job search reduces the probability of unemployed people finding a job. However, there is no evidence that employed and unemployed job seekers are similar or apply for the same jobs. We combine the Labour Force Survey and the British Household Panel Survey to compare employed and unemployed job seekers in terms of individual characteristics, preferences over working hours, job-search strategies, and employment histories. We find substantial differences, which persist over the business cycle and remain after controlling for unobserved heterogeneity. We conclude that the unemployed do not directly compete with employed job seekers.
Subjects:on-the-job search
unemployment
job competition
employment histories
panel data
JEL:J29
J60
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201107133404
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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