Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20464
Authors: 
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Frijters, Paul
Kalb, Guyonne
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1211
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether job offers arrive more frequently for those in employment than for those in unemployment. To this end, we take advantage of a unique Australian data set which contains information on both accepted and rejected job offers. Our estimation strategy takes account of the selectivity associated with the initial employment state and we allow for individual heterogeneity in the probability of obtaining jobs. Our results reveal that, across the wage range, individuals are about equally likely to obtain a job offer in employment as in unemployment. This implies that encouraging unemployed (rather than employed) search through the provision of unemployment benefits does not improve the speed of a job match.
Subjects: 
job-offer arrival rates
reservation wages
wage-offer distribution
directed search
JEL: 
J64
C14
C41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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