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Title:Employed and unemployed job seekers: Are they substitutes? PDF Logo
Authors:Longhi, Simonetta
Taylor, Mark
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-09
Abstract:The job search literature suggests that an increase in the proportion of job seekers who are employed reduces the probability of unemployed people finding a job. However, there is little evidence indicating that employed and unemployed job seekers have similar observed characteristics or that they apply for the same jobs. We use the British Labour Force Survey to compare employed and unemployed job seekers, and find differences in their individual characteristics, preferences over working hours, and job search strategies which do not vary with the business cycle. We conclude that unemployed people do not directly compete with employed job seekers.
Subjects:on-the-job search
unemployment
job competition
JEL:J29
J60
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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