Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203343
Authors: 
Jones, Stephen R. G.
Riddell, William Craig
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series 13
Abstract: 
We analyze changes in unemployment, marginal labor force attachment and participation in Canada and the U.S. Using two complementary decompositions, we show the importance for the comparative evolution of aggregate unemployment of changes in the fraction of the non-employed who are unemployed and in the fraction of the unemployed who 'want work'. Using microdata we study labor market transition behavior at these margins, finding remarkably consistent results in the two countries, with the marginally attached displaying behavior lying between unemployment and non-attachment. The three non-employment states are distinct from one another in both Canada and the U.S.
Subjects: 
unemployment
labor force participation
non-employment
marginal attachment
labor force transitions
heterogeneity
JEL: 
E24
E32
J63
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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